The Challenge

 

The world of work is changing.

By 2026, there is posed to be a decline of 1.4 million redundant jobs - jobs that require routine work - due to advances in technology.

By 2030, 75 million to 375 million workers around the world will be forced to change jobs because of automation. However, the advances in technology and automation in the workplace will make room for new occupations that require deeper skills and increased social and emotional capabilities (for example: communication, critical thinking, collaboration, and problem solving). With these new jobs come new educational requirements. 

By 2020, an estimated 35% of the skills demanded for jobs across industries will change.  High schools and postsecondary institutions working in silos cannot prepare students for the new world of work and in-demand careers if they remain disconnected from the businesses seeking workers. Too often, students are left uncertain about what jobs exist and what skills they need to find and advance in careers. Equipping people from every background with the skills necessary to translate hard work into economic opportunity amidst this changing landscape will be indispensable to enable the self-determination that is at the heart of American democracy.