Ian Clark Provides Expert Advice to Government Office

Centre member Professor Ian Clark recently advised the Government Office for Science on their Foresight Programme Project into the future of education and skills provision across the life course of work and employment.

Project overview:

What do underlying shifts in demography, technology and work mean for education through the life course, and what role can technology play in providing solutions?

The future of work may see individuals taking increasing numbers of jobs throughout their careers, working more flexibly and in non-traditional careers. New technologies may displace certain careers and open up new opportunities.  The UK’s productivity and international competitiveness are likely to be fundamentally determined by how quickly and effectively we adapt to new types of work and production. Longer working lives may require different forms of education at different stages through the life course.  The UK’s increasing old age dependency ratio may place pressure on the financing of education – a pressure that may be exacerbated in the medium term by a projected growth in numbers of children until the mid-2020s.

The Government Office for Science foresight is part of the department of Business, Innovation and Skills.

Read more about the Foresight Projects here.

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