With automation creeping into most future-of-work conversations, how can businesses ensure they future-proof themselves and their staff? Skillnets’ Paul Healy has some ideas.

In recent years, there have been countless dystopian think pieces painting a foreboding view of the future of work, where millions of jobs will disappear due to increasing automation. While some of this hand-wringing is of course speculative, it has its roots in a very real future.

Skillnets networks offer SMEs subsided, relevant and flexible training tailored to their skill requirements

SMEs have shifted from a ‘survive’ to ‘prosper’ mentality in the last year, according to Paul Healy, CEO of Skillnets. The state-funded national agency is responsible for funding and supporting training networks for businesses.

From 20 to 24 November, over 1000 attendees gathered in Brussels for European Vocational Skills Week 2017. Hosted by the European Commission, European Vocational Skills Week showcases high quality systems, programmes and initiatives that equip people with the skills required in a fast-changing labour market. European Vocational Skills Week also provides a platform for policy makers, employers and the vocational education and training (VET) sector to ensure that provision addresses key skills requirements within and across EU member states.


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