This University of Toronto initiative brings together academic researchers and partner organizations to assess how training, education, and public policies should respond to the changing nature of work in an era marked by disruptive technologies. Read more
As of 2019, FutureSkills has been awarded multi-year funding by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) to pursue our research initiatives.
SSHRC Insight Grant
Our funded plan focuses on one of SSHRC’s future challenge areas: how to help Canadian citizens thrive in an evolving society and labour market through new ways of learning.
With this funding we plan to: expand our research on ALMPs (active labour market policies) in Canada; interrogate the efficacy of co-op, internship, and other workplace-integrated sources of training; examine best practices in online-assisted learning; collect and assess varying definitions of ‘21st century skills’; and turn a critical lens on market-based educational pedagogy.
SSHRC Partnership Development Grant
This grant allow us to deepen established partnerships with a number of educational, post-secondary, and personnel support services involved in the education and training of current and future workers.
Bringing these diverse organizations together will provide a more nuanced, ‘big picture’ idea on how best to prepare for the future of work. Namely, the partnerships allow for the collection of data and program-evaluation information related to a wide range of individuals across many time periods in the life cycle.
Articles of Interest
Current upheavals in the labour market are fueling ever-increasing media attention on how we’re preparing for the future of work.
Silicon Valley Came to Kansas Schools. That Started a Rebellion.
From the New York Times: “Then, students started coming home with headaches and hand cramps. Some said they felt more anxious. … ‘We’re allowing the computers to teach and the kids all looked like zombies,’ said Tyson Koenig, a factory supervisor in McPherson, who visited his son’s fourth-grade class. In October, he pulled the 10-year-old out of the school.”
Microsoft's president says liberal arts majors are necessary for the future of tech
From Business Insider: “As computers behave more like humans, the social sciences and humanities will become even more important. Languages, art, history, economics, ethics, philosophy, psychology and human development courses can teach critical, philosophical and ethics-based skills that will be instrumental in the development and management of AI solutions."
Want to plan for the “future of work”? Help independent workers now
From Brookfield Institute: "Canada is not ready to support independent workers. From paying taxes to accessing credit and benefits, our institutions and systems are still built around the full-time employment model of the 1960s. As a result, independent workers suffer from a ‘support gap’ where it is either harder, more expensive, or just not possible to access the same services, products, and benefits as Canadians employed on a full-time basis.”