Education and qualifications – disruptive changes to come?

- January 22, 2013 5:07 AM
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The really big changes in the way we live and work often by their very nature take us by surprise.

Anyone over 30 did most of their growing up pre-Internet. I certainly didn’t predict or expect it – did you?  One day it was… just there, and then over a few years it became something that sits at the absolute centre of the lives of billions of people around the world.

So trying to predict huge changes or shifts is very difficult. But sticking my neck out, I wonder whether in the remainder of my life, we’re going to see massive shifts in how we educate our children, and ourselves?

It may be seen first in the area of University education, and this recent article by Peter Wilby in the Guardian was an excellent and thought-provoking look at some of the issues here.

Provoked by increasing university fees in the UK, more and more organisations are offering apprenticeships to young people who don’t want to go to university and take on significant debt. Now that  is spreading really quite quickly into the white-collar world, rather than purely traditional blue-collar jobs. I thought this announcement from the UK Government, that they are introducing a “fast-track” apprenticeship scheme as an entry to the civil service, got surprisingly little coverage –it seems to me highly significant…

Read the rest of this article here on Spend Matters search4 procurement, our new jobs website!

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  • Mary Wildsmith:

    Sounds like a great idea, but it does not say how the young people should apply – April is not far away. The link to the rest of the article resulted in a “not available” message

    Thanks Peter

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