#193 – Transitioning Into a New World of Work (& Coronavirus Listener Update)
Welcome to the latest episode of our The Voctech Podcast: learning continued series, supported by the Ufi Voctech Trust and Ufi Ventures. You can follow the conversation using #voctechpodcast and #voctech.
What’s in this episode?
This week’s episode is all about how economies and industry are transitioning into a new world of work. We throwback to a recording from last year with Jane Oates from WorkingNation where we talk about everything from massive investment in training employees, how working cultures are not interchangeable and why supporting each other through change is important. These are all subjects that have been thrust into the foreground by Coronavirus in a way that has made us sit up and listen more urgently than any discussion on automation has before.
You’ll hear an update from some of our listeners from the edtech community on how teaching and learning is going now that we are 2 months on from living with Coronavirus. PLUS, UFI have been running a series of ‘How To’ webinars to help with the transition to online learning or training and are supporting some great projects such as the ‘EY Smart’ platform. UFI are also a lead supporter of Numeracy Day, which takes place this week! Listen in and check our references section below for more info.
Happy listening and stay safe!
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 2000+ times a week, from over 145 countries with the UK, US & Aus in the top 3. Sophie is a mentor and advisor within the edtech community. If she’s not interviewing a University Lecturer, School Leader, Ex-Angry Bird, NGO, or Investor about education innovation, she’s chasing her son around the park or binge-reading Homo Deus.
Jane Oates, President, WorkingNation | Twitter: @oates_jane
Jane Oates is a former U.S. Department of Labor official who has played a key role in WorkingNation’s mission to raise awareness about the challenges facing the American workforce.
Jane served as Assistant Secretary for the Employment and Training Administration under Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis, after being nominated for the position by President Barack Obama in 2009. Prior to her appointment, Jane was Executive Director of the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education and a senior advisor to Governor Jon S. Corzine. She also served for nearly a decade as senior policy advisor for Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts.
Jane began her career as a teacher in the Boston and Philadelphia public schools and later as a field researcher at Temple University’s Center for Research in Human Development and Education. She received her B.A. in education from Boston College and her M.Ed. in reading from Arcadia University.
- Dr. Edward Tse, VP Strategy & Content and Co-Owner, Nuiteq | Twitter: @DoctorET
- Cameron Mirza, Director, Nottingham Trent University UAE & Bett MEA Board Member | Twitter: @cmirza1
- Nancy Diebkilé, Customer Success Manager, @wooclap | Twitter: @nancy_wooclap
- Martin Hamilton,Writer, Futurist and Innovation Advisor, Website: MartinH.Net | Twitter: @martin_hamilton
- Veejay Lingiah, CEO, Flashacademy | Twitter: @FlashAcademy_HQ
- Neil Mosley, Digital Learning Designer, Cardiff University | Twitter: @neilmosley5
- Scott Wood, Associate Director, Machine Scoring, ACT | Twitter: @ACTNext
Quotes from this episode
References from this week’s episode
- Edward Tse – Twitter
- Nuiteq – Twitter
- Cameron Mirza – Twitter
- Nancy Diebkilé – Twitter
- WooClap – Twitter
- Martin Hamilton – Twitter
- Martin Hamilton – website-19
- HomeLearningUK: Protected Learning – Covid-19 report
- Ty Goddard – Twitter
- Catherine Keep – Twitter
- Veejay Lingiah – Twitter
- FlashAcademy – Twitter
- Neil Mosley – Twitter
- Cardiff University – Twitter
- Scott Wood – LinkedIn
- ACT – Twitter
- Handbook of Automated Scoring: Theory into Practice – ACT website link
- Hilary Mantel – Wolf Hall Trilogy – Bookshop link
- Jane Oates – Twitter
- Jane Oates – LinkedIn
- Jane Oates – Working Nation profile
- Working Nation – website, homepage
- Working Nation – Twitter
- Despite Criticism, Amazon’s Upskilling 2025 Initiative Gets High Marks For Inclusive Capitalism – Forbes article, Aug 2016
- Amazon plans to upskill 100,000 employees. Here’s what that means for the future of work – Fast Company article, July 2019
- Amazon plans to retrain one-third of US employees as automation grows – Engadget article
- Why test automation skills are a career must – Tech Beacon article
- 10 skills you’ll need to survive the rise of automation – World Economic Forum
- Amazon Prime Air – amazon website
- Here’s Amazon’s new transforming Prime Air delivery drone – The Verge article, June 2019
- CSR, Corporate Social Responsibility, A Simple Guide – The Giving Machine
- How Intergenerational Learning Benefits Both the Young and the Old – medium article
- Why a multi-generational team is key to business success – Tech Republic article
- Hillbillies who code: the former miners out to put Kentucky on the tech map – Guardian article, April 2017
- What is the gig economy and why is it so controversial? – Wired article
- Technology to augment, rather than replace – Deakin and Co article
- How augmented intelligence can enhance jobs – Tech Target article
- 7 Amazing Examples of Digital Twin Technology In Practice – Forbes article
- What Is Digital Twin Technology – And Why Is It So Important? – Forbes article
- Green energy – further reading
- Federal Reserve Banks – further reading
- McKinsey – website
- Accenture – Future of Work – website
- Business Round Table – website
- Business-Higher Ed Forum, USA – website
- “EY Smart” Platform – launched by The Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years, funded by UFI VocTech Trust
- Association of Colleges (AoC): Ufi funds new partnership programme with AoC to create ed-tech strategy for the future that leaves no learner behind – article
- Association of Colleges (AoC) – Twitter
- National Numeracy Day – 13th May – website
- The UFI ‘How To’ Webinar Series – website link
Thank you to the Ufi Voctech Trust & Ufi Ventures
Our aim is to help improve vocational skills in the UK’s workforce by funding digital solutions for vocational learning. We only fund activity that is ‘scalable’ through technology, ie projects that use digital methods to widen access to vocational learning. While digital learning solutions are potentially open to all, we are especially keen to assist digital projects which involve post-school age vocational learners that have failed to be engaged by the education system. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, Head of Communications, Ufi Voctech Trust.
Ufi Ventures offers early-stage ventures finance and support that draws on the depth of Ufi’s experience in developing digital technologies for skills needed for work. We can invest from £150,000 up to £1m as equity or debt into early-stage companies who share our mission and meet our investment criteria. We are keen to collaborate and co-invest with other value-aligned investors interested in the opportunity presented by the changing nature of work and skills. Contact: email@example.com
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