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Preparing for automation and ageing: a successful 21st century skills system for Northern Ireland and Scotland

Assesses the impact of job automation on the workforce of Scotland and Northern Ireland. Contends that the prospect of job automation combined with an ageing population presents challenges and opportunities in these two countries. Estimates that 49% of jobs in Northern Ireland and 46% in Scotland have significant potential for automation. Argues that a transformation of the skills system could increase productivity, drive economic growth, and offer a range of opportunities for employers and employees in the era of automation. Provides a model for what a successful skills system would look like for young people, mid-career learners, and employers. Recommends that the system as a whole focus on meaningful, lifelong learning with an increase in digital skills training.


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Callander, Ruth et al
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