Artificial intelligence and machine learning are words which have been going around the internet and pretty much every conference I have attended for the last few years. However, things are actually getting real now and we are now seeing real life applications for it.
Since the last economic crash, it took the UK over 5 years to somewhat recover from the high unemployment rates caused by the crash. Examining further, you will notice that it took the UK several years before it began retraining or upskilling unemployed people into areas of work which they may never have previously had exposure.
During this period, we have also seen the rapid rise and developments within technology and the whole internet of things (IoT) which is shaping the way we live quite literally.
As we move into the fourth industrial revolution, there is no doubt that AI/ML must take its place in education systems to ensure that the skill sets needed for such changes are being developed with through a supply chain and pool of candidates as early on as possible.
Such rapid changes need skills. The global economy is slowly being run on such new technologies and we need new talent to lead on the change.
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The above presents an interesting map on how technology is shaping the different jobs that are out there and the industries they are affecting. What you’ll quite quickly notice is that the the type of jobs we used to think were stable…NO LONGER EXIST. More importantly, the jobs of the future will look far different from the jobs of the present. AI/ML and other forms of disruptive technologies will form the basis of many of these jobs, as shown in the blue.
Running the BAME Apprenticeship Alliance, I get to visit schools and gain a strong insight into how careers advice is being developed within schools. In fact, we are still very far behind from teaching the basics of AI, machine learning and future of technology. CV writing is no doubt something we need now but do we really think that jobs of the future would require you to be able to write a CV? Or for example, will future jobs at financial institutions or engineering firms put focus on a requirement of basic understanding of coding? I believe latter is more likely.
However, employers need to play a much more integral role within schools on how we better prepare the next generation of workers for the future economy. Schools need to adhere to the Baker Clause to enable more young people to seek alternative career routes to traditionally promoted routes in a bid of reducing unemployment post-16. Employers at the same time need to drive this change within schools with support from Government.
The question thus stands: are we preparing the next generation of talent for the forth industrial revolution?