This course based on the World Bank Group’s flagship report The Changing Nature of Work will inform governments, policy makers and business leader on how to prepare for the transformation of the workforce of the future. The course warns that failure to prepare can have catastrophic impacts on national economies. It calls for urgent action by public and private leaders to prepare and provides insights and toolkits on how to do this.
Workers of the future will need new sets of skills to compete. Recent advances in technology are changing how we live, communicate and do business, disrupting traditional industries and redefining the employee/employer relationship. Thousands of routine and low-skill jobs will be eliminated by automation, A.I. and digital hyper-connectivity.
This course emphasizes the urgency of developing human capital in meeting the challenges of the coming decades. Developing countries will need to take rapid action to invest in their people as innovation continues to accelerate. Key themes of the course include artificial intelligence, the gig economy, world of work, the future of work, labor market, policy makers, new technologies, digital economy, jobs of the future, machine learning, and the labor force.
Participants will learn through Ted Talk-like videos, rich reading materials, interactive quizzes and scenario-based exercises. Together these will provide the conceptual frame, policy guidance and tools needed to prepare countries to imminent transformation changes that are rapidly approaching.
Participants will also have an opportunity to share their ideas and experience with global network of experts and peers. The course will introduce students to forward-thinking approaches that will build the new skill sets required in the 21st Century, including: critical analysis, problem solving, and “soft skills” like teamwork and empathy.