The future of the workplace is changing rapidly. Automation, robotics and mechanisation are reducing jobs at a rapid rate, particularly in the clerical and vocational fields. The digital disruption of the 4th industrial revolution is changing the future workplace for our children. Not only will they be competing against equally qualified candidates, but with technology as well. The advent of artificial intelligence and a host of other technologies typical of the 4th Industrial Revolution have impacted our future job seekers. Our children will need to hone a very particular set of skills to succeed and be employable in the future workplace!
Critical 21st Century Skills:
Amongst these ‘critical and particular skills’ are soft skills. Soft skills are going to be game-changers as they’re poised to become the essence of future business growth. So, where should we be focussing our educational development for children entering this new era? Several sources have sited the P21 Organisation’s 4 C’s – Communication, Creativity, Collaboration and Critical Thinking.
In addition to these, the World Economic Forum’s 21st Century Skills have been highlighted. These encompass the above skills but go further and mention skills like People Management, Emotional Intelligence, Service Orientation, Negotiation and Cognitive Flexibility.
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The Future of the Workplace:
The WEF’s Future of Jobs report – issued in 2016 – has listed these skills as crucial for job seekers from 2020. It further predicts that 5 million occupations will no longer exist before 2020 as artificial intelligence and robotics replace human employees.
However, more than 2 million jobs will also be created due to this adjustment, many of these not yet in existence. Human skills will become increasingly more valuable and sought after. These key social and emotional skills may seem inherent – but need to be identified, practised and perfected. Broken down, these skills make perfect sense, as they highlight the unique human qualities we possess over technology. While an appreciation and understanding of technology is key for the future, it’s the human skills which will set our children apart. In short, these skills are the cornerstone of successful social interactions combined with a clear and innovative mindset.
21st Skills for Children:
Soft skills aren’t traditionally developed in classrooms – no matter how key they are for future success. Teachers are under immense pressure to teach curriculum content. With every “new” initiative to teach new skills to children, teachers are simply placed under more and more pressure. Honing these 21st Century skills, therefore, requires a more lifelong learning approach. The approach to inculcating these skills requires new learning technologies and an advanced and immersive pedagogical approach.
Arc Skills has launched a new innovative approach to instilling 21st Century skills in children – from grade 2 all the way to Matric – and beyond. This cutting-edge approach begins in a child’s early school career and starts with instilling values. These foundations are then built on year on year, exposing children to a wide variety of concepts, like emotional intelligence, cultural diversity, collaborative work, digital civics and awareness, conflict resolution and negotiation. Later in the child’s school life, more advanced skills are introduced, preparing children for the future working world.
Find out more: SOAR Skills
Named SOAR, this programme is an essential stepping stone to make children competitive in a shrinking global economy. It provides them with the skills they need to differentiate themselves, from the interview process to promotion. More importantly, it future-proofs and equips them for the future of the workplace and its rapid changes.
To find out more about the SOAR programme – or to implement it at your school, contact May Alli on (011) 454 5505 or firstname.lastname@example.org.