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Learning Accelerator Wellington

With Jan Owen, CEO, Foundation for Young Australians

Monday 12 February 2018

A new work order is arriving - fast. AI and globalisation will have a massive impact in terms of what we do and how we work, with the pace of change already underway only likely to increase. Young people graduating now are likely to work in 17 different jobs – many yet unknown and unknowable - across 5 careers, through a working life of 60 to 70 years.

We are not yet doing enough to prepare young people to thrive in these uncertain – but exciting – times. These questions are very real – and urgent:

How do we ensure that young people are engaging with the world of work throughout their education?

How do we support young people to plan their careers?

How do we create flexible opportunities for young people – and other workers – to keep building new skills, in the workplace as well as the traditional education system?

How do we empower - and not hold back - young people who learn, plan, act and experience the world in a very different way than older workers?

The 21C Skills Lab is hosting a series of events to explore these questions on 12 and 13 February in Wellington and Auckland. We are delighted to be hosting Jan Owen, the charismatic Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation for Young Australians, whose New Work Order research based on big data from the Australian employment market is exciting international acclaim (see bio below). We are bringing Jan together with leading New Zealanders including:

  • Karen Spencer, Deputy Principal at Wellington High School and former Director of Education for NetSafe
  • Phil Ker, CEO of Otago Polytechnic

  • Silvia Zuur, Director at Enspiral Foundation, Lifehack and EXP

View full speaker bios below »

This is an unmissable opportunity to push your thinking, be inspired and step into the future with innovative approaches for the young people you support.

Event details:

New Work Order Learning Accelerator with Jan Owen (Wellington)

The Learning Accelerator will turbo-charge your understanding of the new world of work and what new research is showing us about jobs, skill building and career development, and allow you the opportunity to imagine and plan with leading NZ practitioners the new life-time learning and career development ecosystem we need.

The session will feature an inspirational and fact-filled plenary with Jan Owen; a panel featuring leading New Zealanders working within the education system and business; a vibrant youth perspective; and exploration and ideation workshops bringing together groups around areas including: careers guidance for young people; facilitating learning about the world of work in schools and tertiary; and workplace learning and micro-credentialling.

You will emerge galvanised, with a set of practical ideas you can take forward, and a network of like-minded people to engage and share with.

Monday, 12 February 2018
9:30am arrival for 10am - 2pm

Z Energy
3 Queens Wharf, Wellington, 6011

By koha

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Speaker & Panelist bios:

Jan Owen
Jan is a highly regarded social entrepreneur, innovator, influencer and author who has spent the past 25 years growing Australia’s youth, social enterprise and innovation sectors.

In 2012 she was named Australia’s inaugural Australian Financial Review and Westpac Woman of Influence; in 2014 she received the Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) from the University of Sydney; and was awarded membership to the Order of Australia in 2000. She is the author of Every Childhood Lasts a Lifetime (1996) and The Future Chasers (2014).

Jan is the CEO of the Foundation for Young Australians and YLab, the global youth futures lab. Her lifelong mission is to unleash the potential of young people to lead positive change in the world. Jan’s enlightening, challenging and entertaining presentations are pragmatic as opposed to idealistic, with the aim of transforming the way society talks about and engages with young people – from treating them as a problem to be solved to recognising that young people are contributing to and driving social change.

Check out Jan out on the Educhange podcast or in a recent blog on the design of Education 2.0.

Read FYA’s New Work Order series here.

Karen Spencer

Tēnā koutou, no Yorkshire o Ingarani ahau,  kō te Chevin te maunga, kō te Wharfe te awa, Ngāti Pakeha tōku iwi, kō Karen toku ingoa

Following a decade leading national education initiatives as a senior consultant, Karen is delighted to have returned to the sector as Deputy Principal at Wellington High School. Karen is internationally recognised for leadership in networked professional development, digitally technologies, and inclusive learning. She has written for numerous publications and is an inspiring presenter. Connect with her on Twitter (@virtuallykaren) and via her blog: 

Phil Ker

Phil is a successful tertiary manager and teacher with expertise in curriculum development, assessment of student learning and leadership. He has had a lengthy teaching career including teaching economics, accounting, management and tertiary teaching practice; and has had a career-long interest in leadership and leadership development, and in the professional development of tertiary educators.

Silvia Zuur

Silvia is a social entrepreneur and educator. She has global experience in new ways of working and as well as local business experience. Having supported many social entrepreneurs to move their ideas into reality, she has run entrepreneurship programmes, training academies, conferences and retreats - all with a focus of supporting more people to work on stuff that matters.

Previously based in Switzerland, she has international experience working with youth organisations and education programmes across Europe and North America. Over the past six years, she has actively co-shaped Enspiral. Silvia was a finalist for the New Zealand Women of Influence awards. She is currently Operations Manager at Enspiral Dev Academy, a Director of EXP Agency, and is helping to bring Peer Academy to New Zealand.

Register NOW to avoid missing out. 

Thanks to our Series Sponsor, Z Energy, as well as Event Partners, IBM and GRID Auckland.

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