21st Century Skills

by Derrin Kent

We need to change the way we deliver learning in order to reflect the way we are going to live and work in the world.   In the Agricultural age we needed apprentices to learn with elders in order to acquire their skills.  We still need this to happen.  In the Factory age, we needed learners to attend institutions in order to learn discipline, structure, rules.  This need is often still there.  And now, in an Information age we need digital literacies, critical thinking and reflection, autonomy, self-discipline and focus...

Employers are crying out for modern-world skills:

  • Autonomy
  • Self-Direction
  • Responsibility
  • Critical Thought
  • Critical Reflection
  • Innovative Thinking
  • Digital Literacy
  • Multimedia Literacy
  • Information Literacy
  • Collaboration Skills
  • .....etc.

Are you preparing your learners properly for the 21st Century world?


Are you, as leaders, strategically planning for the 21st Century world?


Are your trainers and staff prepared for the 21st Century world?


Are the accrediting bodies prepared for the 21st Century world?


What do Ofsted want from FE Institutions?


What is the digital Britain Agenda all about?


What are the long term educational aspirations of your Work-Based Learning Delivery?  What are your ambitions for your learners?


Is your framework for WBL Delivery directed towards achieving these long-term aspirations?


Are you encouraging each and every learner you engage with to take hold of their own future?  A future:

  • that will be different to anything we have ever dealt with in the past
  • where the nature of communications allows the intrinsic worth of every individual to be realised?
  • where individuals increasingly realise that they have a moral obligation to help each other.

Learn to Change, Change to Learn

How do we get there?

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