The Future of Work: the role of philanthropy and business to support the development of the next generation of business leaders
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Business leaders and philanthropists have an opportunity and, perhaps, a responsibility, to give back and support the next generation through sharing their own journey, promoting the key to success and opening opportunities for our future workforce of both employers and employees.
Moreover, the world is changing rapidly. The critical urgency to address The Future of Work is highlighted in the recent World Economic Forum (WEF)’s The Future of Jobs Report 2018 which evaluates the challenges and opportunities facing the workforce of the future. In its analysis of 12 industries representing 15 million employees, WEF suggests that companies should consider the question of whether to prioritise automation or augmentation to prepare for the future of work – and carefully analyses the value of investing in reskilling their workforces.
The report clearly demonstrates the need for changes in society and how the next generation can prepare for these changes, with a core focus on the need to champion soft skills such as leadership, innovation and creative thinking.
An agile learning mindset will be required of workers as they shift from the routines and limits of today’s jobs to new, previously unimagined futures.
Finally, policy-makers, regulators, business leaders and educators will need to play a fundamental role in helping those who are displaced to repurpose their skills or retrain to acquire new skills. They must invest heavily in the development of future workforces by tackling improvements to education and training systems, as well as updating labour policy to match the realities of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
This event will discuss the themes represented in this highly topical report, with a professional, experienced and relevant panel of experts exploring their perspectives and how business and philanthropy can play a crucial role in improving the work-based outcomes for the next generation.
Chair: Michael Hayman MBE, Chairman of Entrepreneurs, Coutts & Co
Panel: James Uffindell, Founder, Bright Network; Debbie Wall, Vice President, Sage Foundation;
Steve Wells, Director of Operations , Fast Future; Pip Jamieson, Founder, The Dots.