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The Future of Work 4.0: Disruptive technologies, opportunity or threat?

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 17:00 to 19:00
The Open University in Scotland, Jennie Lee House, 10 Drumsheugh Gardens, Edinburgh, EH3 7QJ

Skills Development Scotland logoTechnology is rapidly changing both our work and lives. Many experts are predicting that we are rapidly headed towards a 'fourth industrial revolution'. Join us for an exclusive twilight event co-hosted with Skills Development Scotland, that will provide insights into how the workplace is changing, and the implications this will have for all of us in the future.

Are we in the dawn of a new era? 

Dr Peter BloomIn this twilight seminar, Dr Peter Bloom, Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of People and Organisations at The Open University (pictured right), will explore the challenges of working smart with disruptive technologies and intelligence.

He will share insights into the new innovative Research into Employment, Empowerment and Futures group (REEF) - the first of its kind in the world to focus on the future of empowerment in the age of robotics.

Peter will ask how can the rapid technological advances in computing, robotics and communications that are revolutionising work and life, be empowering, rather than dis-empowering, for people and organisations. He will explore how practitioners can use technology for social empowerment and how we can create a smarter work force.

Sophia Grant, Skills Development ScotlandSophia Grant, Service Designer at Skills Development Scotland (pictured right) will discuss the skills we will need in the future due to the impact of the fourth industrial revolution, and what changes will need to be made in the skills system to equip the people of Scotland with these skills.

Sophia will discuss the new skills requirement in the context of SDS’s Graduate Apprenticeship qualifications that are now available through many Scottish universities, including The OU, as well as touching on the role that workplaces have in developing high performing individuals.

This event is open to all. It will be of particular interest to those in a workforce development or training role, or those who have an interest in work based learning and/or the future of work.

You can register on the Eventbrite page for this Business Perspectives Event. Places are limited for this complimentary event, so please book early.

A light buffet and refreshments will be available on arrival.

More information on REEF is available via The People space website.

Contact us

If you are interested in potentially holding an event with us,

call +44 (0) 131 226 3851  
email scotland