#247 – The Future of Work
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Hello everyone and welcome back to The Edtech Podcast, where we aim to improve the dialogue between “ed” and “tech” for better innovation and impact. This week’s episode is part of our series collaboration with Bett, supported by Pearson.
So, what’s in this episode?
- Significant trends and drivers for The Future of Work, including push and pull factors for employers and young people in new employment
- Demands and expectations in the workplace and how this is changing how we prepare young people for the world of work
- Interesting sector-specific case studies in real-world learning and reskilling.
- Attributes for success, and the role of technology and humans in the new world of work, including in emotional state and learner motivation
- Miriam Partington, a future of work reporter at Sifted, a publication covering European startups and technology
- Cheri Ashby, Deputy Chief Executive, Activate Learning
- Richard George, VP at Faethm, Data analyst, and author of the report Robot-Proof Work Capabilities
Miriam Partington is future of work reporter at Sifted, a publication covering European startups and technology. She has been reporting from Berlin since 2018, and has written for publications such as New Statesman, BBC Tech and Courier. She continues to write for independent art and design publications in Berlin and London.
Cheri Ashby, Deputy Chief Executive, Activate Learning
Cheri has more than 25 years of experience in the FE sector, having previously held roles as a teacher, course leader, Curriculum Manager and Assistant Principal. She has been part of the Group Executive Team at Activate Learning since January 2016. Passionate about Activate Learning’s mission to transform lives through its award-winning Learning Philosophy, more recently Cheri has taken over responsibility for curriculum and become the nominated individual for leading on behalf of Activate Learning in Ofsted inspections. She has also joined the Trust Board of Activate Learning Education Trust (ALET) which oversees the schools.
Richard George, VP at Faethm, Data analyst, and author of the report Robot-Proof Work Capabilities
Richard’s first career was as a research scientist (PhD bioinformatics), working in academia and early stage biotech. Following an MBA and some time in life-science venture capital investing, he started his second career in strategy consulting. Richard now combines his skills and knowledge to build AI products and new businesses that will greatly benefit society. Richard holds an MBA from the AGSM in Sydney and Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth University, and a PhD from University College London. He is a published author in academic peer-reviewed journals; a founding partner of a drug discovery start-up and a fitness studio; an inventor of the android creativity app Sensical; a budding artist; a Kauffman finalist; and advisor to healthcare/biotech start-ups.
Sophie is the founder of the iTunes new and noteworthy, The Edtech Podcast. The mission of The Edtech Podcast is to improve the dialogue between ‘ed’ and ‘tech’ for better innovation, through storytelling. The podcast is downloaded from over 145 countries with the UK, US & Aus in the top 3. Sophie has spoken and moderated at a variety of events including SXSW EDU, Yidan Education Prize, ASU GSV Summit, and the Next Billion Edtech Summit. She is an industry mentor and advisor, including to the UCL Knowledge Lab initiative EDUCATE, a Reimagine Education, GESA Awards, Bett Awards and XPrize Adult Literacy judge, and previous Edtech50 and Edtech Digest winner.
Sophie is passionate about lifelong and everyday learning. If she’s not interviewing a University Vice-Chancellor, Edtech Investor, School Leader, or StartUp about education innovation, she’s engrossed in Teach Your Monster to Read or wrestling her lockdown baby. A keen cyclist, she has recently relocated to West Devon which she considers the English version of the Pyrenees. She is very lucky to work with a distributed team on The Edtech Podcast. Her new venture, WorkTripp, helps companies book high-impact team offsites in memorable locations, with an emphasis on learning and leadership development.
Quotes from this week’s episode
References from this week’s episode
- Miriam Partington writing in Sifted
- Cheri Ashby
- Noor van Boven, Co-Founder, Invested
- Learn more about Richard George, Faethm
- WorkTripp – let us help you book your team offsite and make it a memorable, connected and learning experience.
Thank you to Pearson for supporting this episode
This episode of the EdTech Podcast is sponsored by Pearson, the world’s learning company.
In a world of increasing change and technological advancement, the need for people to have transferable skills is more important than ever. Aligned to the future of skills and employability, Pearson BTEC prepares learners for the future world of work by providing them the knowledge, technical and transferable skills they need to be successful in their careers and in their lives.
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Thanks also to Bett for supporting the What Matters in Edtech series
Bett is the global meeting place for the education community. A trusted brand with more than 30 years of heritage, the Bett series promotes the discovery of knowledge and technology to enhance lifelong learning. The Bett series attracts over 60,000 educators, leaders and practitioners alongside more than 1,255+ technology providers from around the globe. For more information go to
Bett is the global meeting place for the education community. A trusted brand with more than 30 years of heritage, the Bett series promotes the discovery of knowledge and technology to enhance lifelong learning. The Bett series attracts over 60,000 educators, leaders and practitioners alongside more than 1,255+ technology providers from around the globe. For more information go to https://www.bettshow.com/bett-global-series
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