24 June 2021

The skills imperative 2035: Essential skills for tomorrow’s workforce

Professor Andy Dickerson is collaborating on a Nuffield Foundation Strategic Research Partnership which will identify the essential employment skills people will need for work by 2035.

Prof Andy Dickerson

The National Foundation for Education Research (NFER) is leading a £2.5million Nuffield Strategic Research Partnership which will identify the essential employment skills people will need for work by 2035. These essential skills are likely to become increasingly important for jobs across the economy and include creativity, critical thinking, teamwork, problem solving and resilience.

The multi-disciplinary team, led by NFER, will investigate how these skills can be developed through the education system and other mechanisms. It will also establish which groups of people are most at risk of not acquiring the necessary skills and therefore being excluded from the labour market. 

Throughout the five-year programme, the NFER and its co-investigators will work with employers, policy makers, and education leaders to provide practical insights and evidence that will inform longer-term planning for how to meet future demand for essential employment skills.

The project is led by Jude Hillary, Director of Quantitative Research at NFER, working in collaboration with Professor Andy Dickerson and Professor Steven McIntosh from the University of Sheffield, Professor Rob Wilson from the Institute for Employment Research at Warwick University, Cambridge Econometrics, Kantar Public, the Learning and Work Institute and Professor Bryony Hoskins at the University of Roehampton.

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