Scotland Should ‘Worry Less About Technical Knowledge’

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Metaskills are vital for both personal and economic well-being, according to The Centre for Work-based Learning.

The Centre for Work-based Learning (CWBL) is urging Scotland’s workers, current and future, to worry less about academic achievement and technical knowledge, and focus more on metaskills.

The CWBL’s stark message is being shared with more than 100 global directors, policy makers and educationalists descending on Glasgow today as they attend its event, ‘Skills 4.0: Work-based Learning for #AHumanFuture’. These metaskills, it believes, such as creativity and critical thinking, are vital if Scots want to be successful in years to come.

Tackling major issues

The CWBL’s symposium, now in its fifth year, was created in partnership with national skills agency Skills Development Scotland to help tackle some of the major issues related to the future of work and skills in this country.

Delegates are hearing from the likes of Airbnb, the Edge Foundation, US-based Minerva Schools, PwC, and ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (one of the top innovation Universities in the world), as they debate how to develop the skills that will promote inclusive and sustainable growth for Scotland’s economy.

CWBL Director David Coyne said: “Skills 4.0 recognises that the world of work is changing, and to thrive in this new and fast-paced environment, businesses need resilient employees equipped with the right skills and knowledge.

“For absolute clarity, we are not saying that you don’t need SVQs, Highers, or degrees or any professional knowledge. We are just saying – and there is huge consensus about this from all our speakers, and other experts around the world – that going forward these alone will not be enough to survive in the workplace of the future.

“Soft skills, or metaskills, will be vital for our personal as well as economic wellbeing and prosperity. We will all need to have the likes of emotional intelligence, cultural fluency and critical thinking in our personal skill set to cope with the future!”

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