Future skills: learning to learn through technology
If we give importance to lifelong learning, we will not only have digital catalysts and entrepreneurs for the job market, but also workers who are active and well versed in the use of digital equipment, who have been trained and retrained and who are able to adapt to the technology that is relevant to their careers.
This involves investing in digital skills through the education system, through vocational training and investment by businesses in the training of employees. For example, new students can start off with basic digital skills such as sending emails and using social media platforms. They could then advance to more specialised subjects. More advanced students can opt to gain specialised digital skills Industry 4.0 for the creation, management and maintenance of advanced technologies in the manufacturing sector.
To develop this digital training and education strategy and for a digital learning policy to be implemented, there must be a greater number of teachers and an adequate infrastructure.
Digital technology is being used around the world to provide access to training at a lower cost through internet clips, online courses, mobile applications and games based on challenges. Teachers and schools are using digital technologies to trace the outcomes of education programmes using evaluation exercises that capture students’ individual progress through tablets and smartphones.
Digital technologies such as pre-recorded educational films, satellite-based tools, television and radio programmes are also powerful tools to use to reach students from vulnerable and disadvantaged communities. Employers and unions have a principal role to play in lifelong learning, including predicting future training needs and participating in their provision.
So, can innovation be used to drive lifelong learning? Yes. Whether you are a young person looking for work, a worker who is at risk of losing their job because of advances in technology or someone who is simply fascinated by different technologies, acquiring new skills that meet the ever-changing demands of the job market can increase your employability and you can do this through modern technologies.