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COVID-19: A perspective on the importance of lifelong learning for the new reality

A perspective on the importance of lifelong learning

Justine Andrew on how COVID-19 will require us to develop new skills and commit to lifelong learning.

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Justine Andrew

Market Director, Education

KPMG in the UK

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”We’ll need to learn new skills almost continually as the world of work changes.”

In our New Reality video, Justine Andrew, Director – Public Sector, asks the question, “what are you learning at the moment?

For many of us, the answer will be that we aren’t following an organised programme of study. When we think about skills and education, we tend to think about children at school or students at university. How many of us commit to lifelong learning?

There are many reasons for this. Employees struggle to know what they should be studying, and when they’ll fit study into their busy work schedules. And that means employers struggle to find people with the right skills.

But the impact of COVID-19 and lockdown is highlighting the need to address this situation, if businesses are going to navigate the changing world of work. That could finally see online learning take off – facilitated by leaps in technology and a change in culture as more of us have become used to working and learning from home. Lifelong learning will be a necessity to drive economic recovery.

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