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Future Ready: Workshop 3: Working towards a preferred future
Wed 14 June 2017, 14:00 – 17:00 BST
Future Ready, delivered by The Scottish Institute for Enterprise (SIE)
What occupations will be more important in the future? What will jobs look like in some of Scotland’s key growth areas like food and drink, energy and the creative and digital industries? What skills will the future workforce need to make the most of future opportunities? Where will the main skill gaps be will and what can we do as educators do to anticipate them? We want to enable students to make the most of their future opportunities and understand what the future can hold for them. How can we contextualise a future that seems to be here already and help students make sense of it?
The pace of change has never been as fast as it is today and will never be as slow. Automation is only one of many global trends shaping the labour market. Consider the ageing population, climate change, and urbanisation and rising political uncertainty – each of which will have important sectoral and regional implications. These drivers of change will each impact and interact in how they impact on jobs and workforce innovation
These changes may see more start-ups disrupt regulated industries as with digital health and fintech, and we need to look at the future of our student start-ups and university spin outs, and the innovations they are driving.
It is important that we start to think about these drivers of change and their implications in a systematic and clear way. We need to engage with the future in the present
These three workshops are designed to help you use these drivers to design and visualise the future, providing a robust platform for anticipating change and seizing the opportunities and mitigating against the risks this change will bring. Their focus will be on using this platform to act in the present, working towards a preferred future for Abertay and its students. Key outcomes will include:
- Identification of the key drivers of change and how they might impact on different sectors and regions.
- The development of future scenarios to put these changes into an actionable context for Abertay and its students.
- Action plans designed to kick-start the planning process in weeks and months, not just years. These plans can be drilled right down to course development and personal professional development.
- How to use this new information to get ahead of the curve and gain a competitive advantage
- A methodology for using these scenarios and the insights gained from them, to plan for employer and business engagement with the University.
- To identify future facing research projects.
Maximum benefit will be gained from attending all three workshops. If it isn’t possible to attend all three then it is recommended that you attend either workhop 1 or 2 before attending workshop 3:
Workshop 1: 3rd May : Calibrating to the Future
This workshop will start to identify some of the drivers of change and drill down into what they mean. We will work with signals that are harbingers of change and drill down into what they mean for Abertay and its students. We will start to look for patterns of change and generate insights into what the future trends and disruptors might be for different sectors. These signals will have a regional, national and global focus to enable participants to place Abertay on a number of different future stages.
Workshop 2: 31st May: Sensing the future
This workshop will work to sense the future by using selected signals to develop future scenarios that Abertay and its students may find themselves studying in, working in or looking to set up a new venture in. Our timeline for engaging with the future will be 5- 10 years.
You will work with a set of tools and techniques to identify the opportunities and the threats in these scenarios, working towards taking the appropriate action in the present, which maybe curriculum design and review through to extra-curricular activities and student engagement
There will be the opportunity to place key businesses at the heart of these scenarios and discuss the key skills they will be requiring in the future for Abertay graduates. We will look at how to use these scenarios to discuss the future skills gap with businesses and students.
Workshop 3 : 14th June: Working towards a preferred future
This workshop will focus on the action we can take in the present to bring about the preferred future. Seizing the opportunities identified in the scenarios built in workshop 2 and designing away the risks.
We will also experiment with some disruptive innovation methodology using these scenarios to develop new innovative products and services for new venture creation and/or course design and delivery.