Are the skills we're teaching young New Zealanders the skills that the 21st century needs?
Good people are not their qualifications or their grades. They are adaptive, willing to learn, resilient, collaborative and have a mindset geared towards growth.
We call these 21C skills.
A survey of large businesses placed these traits even above specific work experience in terms of value. Today these traits are typically only taught incidentally in our schools, which retain a twentieth century flavour and offer almost no exposure to the real world of work.
What is at stake?
We are heading into a world where many New Zealanders will have outdated skills, susceptible to automation and offshoring, and not well-matched to new and emerging jobs.
If we do nothing, this could mean high unemployment and companies struggling to find employees with the right skills. This would mean a huge drain on New Zealand’s resources and potential (not to mention the happiness and wellbeing of those without the right skills).
We urgently need our education system to recognise the new 21C skillset that has been widely and globally identified as that needed to thrive in the new world of work – and to teach young New Zealanders those skills as core.
If we choose to act – to reorient our education system around the skills most important to this century - we have the exciting opportunity to give young New Zealanders a huge head start in tomorrow’s world of work.
An aligned movement
To create meaningful and sustainable change, we work across the education, business and policy sectors to align vision and efforts.