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The future of jobs

The World Economic Forum (WEF) engages the foremost political, business and cultural leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.

The WEF believes technological change is disrupting our economies and changing the nature of our world in ways that are both unpredictable and complex. It predicts more technological change over the next decade than we have seen in the past 50 years. Advances in all the sciences – from robotics and genetics to communications and the social sciences – will leave no aspect of global society untouched.

The WEF also believes a young generation is demanding to be heard and needs to be supported. Young people increasingly see decisions being made at the expense of their future. Indeed in October of 2020, The World Economic Forum released a report (the Future of Jobs report) detailing the skills that they believed would be essential for employees in the future. This report, based upon a world which is rapidly changing in terms of technology and the types of employment that will be available, is a key component for how we as a team developed Neurons. All of our activities are shaped to nurture the skills highlighted by The World Economic Forum from a young age. As such you will see every Neurons activity contains a guide to which skills are challenged and stimulated by its content.

Essential skills cover a wide range of traits that we all possess to varying degrees. Problem-solving, critical thinking, leadership, analytical thinking and emotional intelligence are just a few that are critical during childhood to aid learning and then in adulthood to support career development and continued learning. The nurturing of essential skills, therefore, sits at the heart of our Neurons offering. The development of such skills is, in an ideal world, something that every parent should be aware of and more importantly able to help all of their children develop.

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