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The traditional student no longer exists. So now what do we do?

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24.05.2019

With a host of transformational challenges putting pressure on labour markets, a line from Robert Atkinson and Jeffrey Brown's latest paper struck me: "Nothing about the future of work is inevitable."

Their paper is intended to reaffirm that in the face of structural change, coming impacts can be mitigated through dedicated effort and smart policy.

This lesson is critical for those working in higher education because the challenges surrounding the future of work are deeply intertwined with education. These complex challenges require shifts from the traditional. And for higher-education, this means embracing the fact that there is no longer a traditional student.

Learning is a lifelong endeavour that must be delivered across the whole of the adult population. Governments, employers and educational institutions need to be working more closely together in order to make mid-career training widely accessible. Here's why:

Canada's adult retraining and up-skilling systems lag those of our Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development peers. In a recent report from the Public Policy Forum, Daniel Munro highlights deficits in Canada's adult training ecosystem and finds,........

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