The Rise of the Robots: What skills will we need in the future economy and how do we get them?
- In what was to be one of his last talks as Minister for Universities, Innovation and Science, David Willetts outlined how the rise of robots and autonomous systems would affect society and industry including the world of education. He expects the changes coming will not reduce employment but will change the nature of work. Lord Skideslsky thought that these changes would affect middle wage earners most with less people employed in the service sector. Julian Gravatt explained how the lack of flow of technical skills through education is hampering the development of skilled technical people, especially women, and that changes in education may make things worse. Kate Russell said that changes are happening now but we must not confuse job with function. However, fear of the future should not be reason to embrace what is coming By Ken Ball (18/07/14) ... more
July 2014 - BIS UK Economic Performance, GDP, Employment, Productivity Dashboard
- - GDP is around its pre-recession peak, and recovering - Employment has performed well and is above its pre-recession peak - UK productivity has fallen further than in other developed economies - The UK still has the lowest corporate tax rate in the G7 - The UK remains near the top of the global competitiveness indices - The UK is top in the EU in attracting FDI; exports to BRICs are up - There has been strong employment growth By Ashley Evans (18/07/14) ... more
Online Obsolescence Management Course at Cranfield
- A unique 6 week distance learning course for anyone who needs to understand the impact of obsolescence on through-life costs. There is an assignment for each week's topic (e.g. Developing an Obsolescence Management Plan)and a group project week 6. By Diana Richards (17/07/14) ... more