Changing economy = new focus on lifelong learning

Technology and increased global competition have changed the nature of work, making it less stable and secure than in previous generations. The announced merger of Amazon and Whole Foods provides the most recent example, and has raised concerns that many of Whole Foods’ 90,000 employees could be automated out of their jobs. With recent advances in the field of artificial intelligence, technology is capable of performing more and more tasks that were previously only performed by humans, changing the skills necessary to find and hold jobs and threatening to disrupt key areas of the workforce. While no one can predict the future, and technology will present both opportunities and challenges, building and maintaining a globally competitive workforce will require business, government, and workers to develop new partnerships and programs.

A changing economy requires a renewed focus on lifelong learning