Territorium Life talks with experts about skills for the future of work at the OECD World Forum in Paris.



May 20, 2019, Paris. This week began the frame of sessions, conferences and panels that conform the World Forum 2019 of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which takes place every year in Paris, France. This year Territorum Life participated for the first time as remarkable EdTech Partner of this important forum.

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In the Skills for the Future That Works panel, government, education and private initiative experts came together to discuss the new reality of the workers and the disconcerting panorama that it can represent for labor markets. Participated, Manuel Heitor, Minister of Technology, Science and Higher Education of Portugal, Sandra Sancier, Senior Partner of Mckinze & Co, Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers, Soumitra Dutta, Professor of Administration at Cornell University and Guillermo Elizondo, CEO and Founder of Territorium Life.

The demand for skills continues to evolve and the creation of new jobs and automation is also reducing the need for human participation in many tasks. Some studies even mention that 14% of the current jobs run the risk of being taken over by a robot or machine because of the automation and the 32% could be radically transformed. How do we make sure to provide the people with the necessary tools for their future working life?

Guillermo Elizondo, mentioned that for this to happen education should not be seen as a series of subjects to study, because not necessarily having completed an assignature means that a competency has been developed. He remarks that education should be seen as a movie, where they live a series of experiences, whether curricular, extracurricular or internship, where they develop skills and abilities. At the same time technology needs to be created to measure them through a system and relate them to what companies demand.

For the OECD, skills for the future of work mean that countries need new approaches in the classroom, continued learning in the workplace and a serious effort in government ministries to prioritize the type of investment in knowledge to avoid deepening of the digital gap. Territorium talked with experts about how they are helping teachers to use technology to improve their work, through data that helps them to understand better their students and artificial intelligence to trace a personalized learning path that stimulates them to stay engaged with their classes.

"We also need to create a common language around skills, it could be easier, not only for employers, but also for workers to know exactly what they need to do to obtain those skills."

Elizondo mentioned about the importance of standardizing competences among countries for a rapid economic and labor growth.

The panel agreed that lifelong learning is more important than ever to help workers face the challenges of automation and digitization. Working with governments and companies as partners to ensure that workers are equipped with the skills for the future jobs.

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