May 22 / Leon Tong

A future where people can "thrive where they grew up"​

I wholeheartedly welcome the Skills and Post-16 Education Bill announced in the Queen's speech yesterday.

The headline in the Sunday Times at the weekend ran: "PM: I'll stop brain drain to the cities" and mentioned a lifetime skills guarantee, beefing up further education and a training system fit for the future - to enable people to "thrive where they grew up".

How will this be achieved? Particularly if the vast majority of the companies, and therefore jobs, are in the cities? And if many schemes helping people into work are focused on employability? 

I believe the project I'm involved in has some of the answers.

1.) The first key pillar is that we need to train (young) people to be self reliant and capable of working from wherever they are. Their clients could be based anywhere. This is addressed by the remote working agenda for employees but also points towards self employment.

2.) Secondly, we need to identify what the Future of Work looks like - which skills are most in demand now, and in the near future, but also which soft skills are essential and constant. The latter includes qualities such as resilience and resourcefulness - learning the right mindset to succeed in the changing 21st century job market.

3.) Thirdly, in addition to the right knowledge, we have to raise social capital by enabling people to learn the right norms, and create the essential networks they need. Many of those who are disadvantaged and underprivileged desperately lack the networks others take for granted.

4.) Fourthly, we need to redefine employment from its focus on employability to embrace self employment.

We're on a mission to train 100,000 young people across the UK - particularly those who have had less opportunity than their peers - in the Future of Work. 

Our project is titled in the interim the 'Digital Nomad Project'. We have already completed the groundwork for all of the above.

We aim to enrol our first cohort of trainees in September 2021.

Partnerships we need

In order to deliver this we need to partner with:

  • Government - central, regional and local
  • Charities - big and small
  • Social Enterprises, Startups and Employers


If that sounds like you, or you would like to know more, please get in touch. Otherwise do like, share and comment so we can reach as many influential partners as we can!

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