The changing world of work-including rapid changes introduced by the pandemic- is demanding changes in employees’ skill sets. The Regional Sounding Tours looked at what leaders in education, skill development, and employment consider to be essential skills in the world today.
In our Regional and Virtual Sounding Tours (RST, VRST), leaders in education, skills, and employment from across Canada shared their perspectives on the essential skills required for educational and labour market success. These skills included the following:
foundational skills, including digital literacy
social and emotional skills (SES)
employment readiness, including career guidance
VRST participants indicated that these essential skills play an important role in navigating educational and career transitions and that certain aspects of these skills increased in importance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Digital literacy as well as SES such as resiliency, self-management, and communication were noted as important skills during the economic uncertainty and virtual work triggered by the pandemic.
Development of these essential skills takes time and should be embedded in lifelong learning initiatives.