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Future of Work Skills Development

Future of Work Skills Development

Future of Work Skills Development

The Future of Work emphasizes the importance of ESG skills, adaptive leadership, energy transition competencies, and the nuanced management of skills migration. These elements are crucial for navigating the complexities of modern business environments and labor markets, highlighting a shift towards sustainability, inclusivity, and technological adaptability in the workforce.

Cluster Lead

Dr Olebogeng Selebi


Cluster Sub-Topics


Critical Skills for Energy Transition

The global energy sector is facing a significant challenge due to the significant contribution of energy consumption and production to greenhouse gas emissions, with 81% still derived from fossil fuels. The transition to a more sustainable, affordable, and secure energy system is crucial, requiring a skilled workforce with skills in renewable energy technologies, energy storage, energy efficiency, building science, data analysis, project management, policy, regulation, communication, innovation, and sustainability mindset. Governments, educational institutions, and businesses can foster these skills through investment in training programs and knowledge sharing.


Leadership is a complex skill that involves guiding individuals or groups towards a common goal. The Fourth Industrial Revolution has influenced government and business operations, necessitating changes in leadership. As new leaders navigate challenges like social media views, private social protection initiatives, and technology access policies, their responsibility and purpose will be crucial.

Skills Migration

Skills migration is the movement of skilled workers within or between countries to meet labor market demands. It can be driven by skill imbalances, economic disparities, immigration policies, and globalization. It can fill skill gaps, bring new knowledge, and promote economic growth. However, it can also lead to brain drain, ethical concerns, and social and cultural integration challenges. Effective management involves education, fair treatment, and international cooperation.

ESG Critical Skills (Environment, Social, Governance)

ESG Critical Skills are the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to effectively incorporate environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors into all aspects of business operations and decision-making. These abilities are becoming increasingly important for individuals and organisations negotiating the growing significance of ESG considerations in today's society. Companies are extending their success metrics beyond profit and sales to address concerns among employees, customers, investors, and communities. They are becoming accountable for their ESG practices, as mainstream investors now understand the risks and opportunities associated with these measures. The amount of ESG information available by rating agencies, technology firms, and auditing and consulting firms has exploded, leading to efforts to improve consistency through standards and regulation.
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