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Challenges and Opportunities for Work Based Learning

Dr Khalil Khan
2 October 2020

Skills

Since March 2020 the world has faced an unprecedented crisis which has effected changes in most of the things we do at home, at work and during our leisure time.

As a project delivering “work based learning” METaL has been required to take stock and review the way we operate, as it became clear things were no longer “business as usual”.

In such challenging times, just like the industry we support, we need to become more innovative and responsive to keep pace with businesses training needs.

A recent article in the FE News focuses on the challenges and opportunities that work based learning providers need to address in order to adapt to the rapid changes occurring.  

The article states that the pandemic has accelerated an existing trend which has already been progressing since the onset of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. This is the situation where new jobs and forms of work are created, while old ones disappear, and new and emerging skills will be required. This trend means that there needs to be a significant shift in mainstream and vocational education.

Traditional institutions and linear approaches to learning are increasingly becoming outdated and as a society we need to engage more meaningfully with new policy advances and tools in order to improve the way we prepare future generations.

To do this, key themes will include:

  • Driving economic stability, growth, and innovation across labour markets.
  • Creating an adaptable and future ready workforce by influencing education and training strategies that support people development approaches.
  • Strengthening public-private partnerships.

As a project supporting Welsh industry, a key consideration for the future renewal of the Welsh economy will be raising the skill level of the Welsh workforce and supporting businesses to be become increasingly innovative and competitive.