According to The World Economic Forum (WEF)’s report The Future of Jobs. Employment, Skills and Workforce Strategy for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, “on average, by 2020, more than a third of the desired core skills sets of most occupations will be comprised of skills that are not yet considered crucial to the job today. Overall, social skills - such persuasion, emotional intelligence and teaching others - will be in higher demand across industries than narrow technical skills, which will need to be supplemented with strong social and collaboration skills”.
The WEF predicted that these skills are:
1) Complex problem solving
2) Critical thinking
4) People management
5) Coordinating with others
6) Emotional Intelligence
7) Judgement and decision making
8) Service orientation
10) Cognitive flexibility
This is the background to the project: New skills for a new labour context.
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The partners are from
UK: Community Action Dacorum
Ireland: I & F Education and Development Ltd
Spain: Diamond Building
Portugal: Universidade Senor de Evora
The Top 10 skills project aims to prepare European workers for 2020 with a very innovative approach to developing their skills. It will be especially focused on people who have additional difficulties, such as the long term unemployed or adults with poor skills, helping them to incorporate new skills into their daily life, thus improving their employability and ability to adapt to a new work context.
The project will work with both trainers and workers themselves, to develop basic and new skills, such as communication skills, in order to improve the level and quality of employability, reinforce job stability and, in the mid to long term, improve productivity.
As well as improving skills for professional reasons, Top 10 also has a social purpose; for example developing empathy and other aspects of emotional intelligence (EQ) in entrepreneurs, business people and others.
By developing our target group’s levels of empathy and understanding, we aim to increase the project’s social impact as we will able to encourage entrepreneurs to link their new businesses and start-ups to social causes.
For more information please contact Musarat Inayat:
or +44 01442 253935.
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