As an Awarding Organisation that specialises in vocational and technical qualifications, we want to highlight the importance of diversity in learning. This time of year can be stressful for many as they get their results, and young people are under so much pressure to achieve. However, the world is changing so rapidly, with new technologies and sectors emerging every year and with this, comes new opportunities. We want to empower learners to embrace change in learning and let them know that there is not just one route to success. In learning, one size does not fit all.
At NCFE, we believe in the importance of preparing learners for your future, whether that be in further learning, an apprenticeship, full-time employment or continuing professional development and training. Our portfolio of qualifications covers a variety of subjects including Business, Education, Health, Childcare, Sport, Retail and Travel to name a few. We pride ourselves in offering the best qualifications and equipping learners with the transferable skills to enter the labour market, no matter which route they choose.
The rise of digital
With access to technology becoming so commonplace, the job market is changing and it’s important that the technical education sector can flex to support learners within the new status quo. Although some jobs will never be wholly overtaken by machines, some will succumb to increasing automation and digital skills have become integral in most industries.
It is expected that within the next 20 years, 90% of all job roles will require some level of digital skills. It’s with this in mind that NCFE offers a package of digital qualifications including Level 1 and 2 Certificates in Digital Skills for Work and Levels 1, 2 and 3 in IT User Skills.
You can’t replace creativity
We could fill many more pages with examples of where, how and why AI, technology and robotic process and replacements could be used. What we need to be aware of is that, at present, technology will not replace the majority of jobs, but will support those workers to become more efficient and effective. As technology develops further, new jobs will replace those lost.
Jobs that involve higher level cognitive and interpretive functions – in other words decision making, complex problem solving and elements of empathy, and creativity – are highly unlikely to ever be replaced by a robot or AI programme. Sometimes we really do need a human touch.
At NCFE, we’re keeping up to date and ahead of the game with our AI and VR activities and development. For example, for school age learners, our Go Calm application is powered by a neuro-feedback headset and is designed to help manage exam stress.
Having the right mind-set
We want to ensure that learners have the transferable skills and mind-set to land their dream job. We’ve a range of employability learning programmes that have been specifically designed in response to feedback from thousands of employers to help prepare learners for the world of work. These include awards in Job Search and Interview Skills, Employability Skills and Occupational Studies, all of which can be delivered in a range of settings to support learner progression.
Whatever their results say, we want to let learners know that they have the power to choose their own path in their learning to meet their potential and become the best version of themselves. NCFE will be there every step of the way to support learners at all stages, to succeed.