Future-Ready Adult Learning Systems

Future-Ready Adult Learning Systems

Wednesday 13th February – Work Foundation, 21 Palmer Street, London, SW1H 0AD


We are delighted to host the launch of the OECD’s new report on “Getting Skills Right: Future-ready adult learning systems” funded by JPMorgan Chase Foundation at the Work Foundation on 13 February 2019.

The launch will bring together employers, policymakers, trade unions, providers and wider stakeholders from the UK’s skills sector to reflect on the results and discuss what action is needed moving forward.



The world of work is dramatically transforming. Digitalisation, globalisation and population ageing are changing the type of jobs that are available and the skills required to do them. Yet, are adult learning systems underprepared for the challenges ahead? This is your chance to debate the issues.

OECD estimates suggest that 38% of workers in the United Kingdom are at risk of either losing their job or seeing it change significantly because of automation over the coming two decades.  The extent to which individuals, firms and economies can reap the benefits of these changes will depend critically on the readiness of adult learning systems to help people develop and maintain relevant skills over their working careers.

But, currently, only two in five adults across the OECD (41%) participate in education and training in any given year, according to the OECD research. Participation is especially low amongst those most in need of upskilling and reskilling. This is an opportunity to find out how the UK’s learning system compares to other countries in preparing people for the changing skill demands of the labour market.