• Tech-enabled portable skills, mission critical

New research released today by the British Council, the UK’s international organisation for education and cultural relations, presents a snapshot of the Future Skills employers need in the UAE from the education sector. One of the key findings requires a greater dialogue between those shaping education policy and those creating employment opportunities, with 79 per cent of business leaders agreeing that collaboration was important.

Gavin Anderson, British Council director for the UAE said: “Around the world a technology revolution is rapidly changing the fundamental nature of work. For employers in the UAE, what we have learnt from the whitepaper is that they want a pool of tech-savvy and creative talent capable of adapting their skills to future employment opportunities, some of which don’t even exist right now.”

The whitepaper reveals that language skills, especially English, are seen as a gateway to studying and enhancing career prospects, along with a robust means of testing. This is especially true with Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects, where English is pre-requisite for many courses. More than 80 per cent of respondents cited English as important to career prospects and 77 per cent confirming that STEM qualifications were important for future jobs.

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