Lifelong Learning and Education Policies to Capture Digital Gains

By Cyn-Young Park


Rapid technological innovations are transforming the world of work. In many G20 countries, employment is shifting towards jobs that require high-level cognitive and socio-emotional skills, while highly routine jobs are being automated or offshored to varying degrees. Today’s skills will not match tomorrow’s jobs and newly acquired skills may quickly become obsolete. As the concept of future jobs and careers becomes increasingly fluid, more emphasis will be on lifelong learning to keep up with changes in technology and maintain flexibility in skills. This brief discusses policy options for lifelong learning, target groups, and education in information and communication technology.