Futurist Alvin Toffler famously remarked that the illiterate of the 21st century will be those who can’t learn, unlearn, and relearn again. His remarks, made nearly 50 years ago now in his groundbreaking book Future Shock, are seemingly more prescient with each passing year.
There are no shortage of breathless predictions about the impact new technologies are likely to have on the workplace, and many erstwhile reports have placed the poorly skilled firmly in the crosshairs of automated tools.
What’s more, as I’ve highlighted previously, those with less skills today are also less likely to be engaged in the kind of learning and development needed to allow them to adapt to whatever changes influence their chosen profession.
New educational approaches such as Massive Open Online Courses remain largely the preserve of the already well educated, and so an ever increasing divide is opening up between the skilled and the un-skilled.