How does one become an expert on the future of work? For that matter, how is it possible for any human being to be an “expert” on any aspect of the future?
To claim to be an “expert” on “the future” is just plain arrogant.
I’m 53 now and I first used a computer 38 years ago; even at that stage the mantra that “traditional jobs will disappear because of technology” was already a hoary old cliché and remains just that today; a tired old cliché, trotted out by the media when they want to fill space or by some so-called “expert” trying to sell something (in the present).
How many areas of employment have completely “disappeared” in those 38 years? Very few, really.
Peter Cosgrove correctly highlights the importance of businesses taking on apprentices now, for the workforce of the future. Very few businesses in this country are offering apprenticeships at the moment.
If Mr Cosgrove really wants to contribute positively to the future of work, he could tour the country, encouraging indigenous and multi-national businesses to take on apprentices and also encourage business and the Government to broaden out the scope of apprenticeships to include things like Coding, Analytics and other technology-based occupations.
He could also encourage these businesses to include some of the (approx) 250,000 people who are still fully unemployed in this country, in paid apprenticeship programmes.
Our economy is suffering and will continue to suffer, if we don’t make a concrete effort to include these people in our workforce.
Some types of work may well become outmoded in the not too distant future, but people will still need to work for their economic, social and emotional well-being and much “work” and many “jobs” will still have to be done by human beings, as was the case, 38 years ago!
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