Why Our Teaching Needs a Shake Up – (Before It’s Too Late)

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How changes in education and training programs are crucial to prepare youth for the future economy

 

You hear time and time again - work has been radically altered with distruptive technologies, global competition, and new consumer demands. As routine tasks are increasingly automated, education and training that prepare youth for jobs must adapt.

The World Economic Forum identified the top 10 skills needed for work today, and in the future:


Why our teaching needs a shake up

 

These are very different from the ability to remember facts and figures.  A key skill not often directly taught, but essential, is ensuring that students have learned how to learn.

While employers, researchers, and policy makers frequently highlight the skills they seek in 21st century workers, far less attention is directed to the teachers and faculty who will teach the future workforce.  New methods, techniques, and skills for educators are required to equip youth with the necessary employability skills for quality jobs of today and tomorrow.

In a 2017 Lower Mekong Labor Market Assessment, an IT sector employer in Vietnam talked about the skills that their future employees will need:

 

“I don’t know exactly what skills they will need. It’s always changing. They need to be adaptable”

 

For many educators, this means an adjustment and change to the way we do our work.  Technology will play an important part in how we teach and students will learn.  The challenge for educators is not to simply keep up with students’ latest technological know-how, but to create meaningful learning experiences in which students are taught how to apply their knowledge to be workforce ready. 

In this blog we will explore aspects of change for the MekongSkills2Work Network to:

  • Equip education and training institutions with the tools they need to develop a workforce with market-driven skills
  • Connect job seekers with high-growth industries
  • Provide employers with skilled, work-ready graduates
  • Promote economic development, engagement, and ASEAN integration

A key takeaway and call-to-action is for faculty, teaching staff, and leaders in higher education to think how are making sure our students will be successful in the workforce.

  1. How do we teach students to acquire and apply knowledge?
  2. How do we make sure students have learned how to learn?
  3. How do we insure students can demonstrate adaptability to meet workforce needs?


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