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Serious cultural change is needed in how UK businesses and policymakers value and deliver learning if the country's economy is to recover from Covid and harness the power of new technologies, writes Alan Hiddleston, and micro-credentials provide part of the answer.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson recently outlined the UK’s post-Covid roadmap. It calls for a skills “revolution” with loans for adults wanting to retrain, and more powers to deal with struggling colleges as part of the UK’s post-Covid recovery plans. This acknowledges what businesses have foreseen for quite some time.
[pullquote]Micro-credentials allow for skills to be quantified against set metrics. Desirable traits can be compartmentalised into different categories, enabling learners to pick and choose their courses as they please”[/pullquote]
The reskilling challenge or skills gap is nothing new. Emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics have been disrupting the job market for the past few years, redefining job roles and the skills required in the workplace. Naturally, the pandemic has brought this issue to the forefront and accelerated some of the major themes.
Companies across the board have rolled out extensive digital transformation programmes in order to navigate the hurdles of the last few months, and in doing so, have increased their adoption of digital and collaborative technologies, placing employees in a precarious position. Many have had to learn how to use new software or devices to continue working remotely, while others have perhaps had to consider alternative job roles or retraining as a result of these transformation initiatives.