Future Proof: Skills for Work

Good Things Foundation is partnering with Accenture and Nesta to deliver the Future Proof: Skills for Work programme. The programme has been helping build work-related skills for unemployed or underemployed people, helping them achieve positive employability outcomes.


How Future Proof: Skills for work created resilient workers and organisations

Future Proof has engaged and supported over 900 people to re-skill and be ready for future jobs, as digital technology and the impact of COVID-19 continues to change our jobs and workplace.

The first year of the programme has been delivered – during a global pandemic – through 13 community partners that provide employability support.

54% of the working-age population are without the digital skills essential for the modern workplace, and the rapid speed of digital change in the workplace has meant that a digital skills gap has emerged. The Future Proof: Skills for Work programme focuses on the behaviour of learners, and how the learning of digital skills can be sustained to close the digital skills gap.

Six digital skills areas have been identified to target: Technical (online and offline), Communication, Information, Creative, Transaction and Safety.

Eight behaviours have been proposed that we believe are crucial in the successful learning and sustaining of digital skills: Habit, Grit, Resilience, Relatedness, Self-efficacy, Motivation, Goal setting and Trust.

Why is the Future Proof: Skills for Work programme important?

78% of learners felt they had improved their career management

47% of learners noted an improved mindset

45% of learners developed increased career resilience

Partnership highlights

03/02/2020 · Digital skills and adult learning | Jobs

Broadening digital skills for future work

Good Things Foundation and Accenture partnered together to deliver the Future Proof: Skills for Work project, which sought to engage and support individuals with limited digital skills to prosper in the 21st-century workplace.


24/01/2020 · Digital skills and adult learning

Gaining and sustaining digital skills

Good Things Foundation Researcher, Joseph Chambers, discusses how the Future Proof: Skills for Work programme, which aims to equip learners with digital skills and supporting change to the underlying behaviours driving their learning.


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