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The Royal Society is bringing together industry leaders, policymakers and practitioners to explore how post-16 education can provide students with the skills they need to succeed in the changing world of work.

There are growing expectations that the way we live and work will change considerably as a result of technological innovation. Many traditional career pathways are likely to disappear and highly-skilled talent will fuel growth in other areas. People entering the workforce now are likely to have a wider variety of jobs and perhaps multiple careers during their lives. 

A broad post-16 curriculum could equip young people with a wider range of skills and the ability to think, interpret, and understand across several disciplines, providing a strong basis for participating in the future workforce, which is likely to be altered by technological and social changes.

The Royal Society Business Forum will examine how the current post-16 curriculum prepares students for the modern world of work, how employers engage with schools to expand students’ learning, and how the future of work may demand new skills, through workshops and panel sessions.

You will have the opportunity to shape the next stage of the Royal Society’s work in this area during the workshop sessions at the event.

Attending this event

Attendance is by invitation only. For further information, please contact Kelly Chaplin.


Welcome by Sir Venki Ramakrishnan PRS, President of the Royal Society
Keynote address by Carolyn Fairbairn, Director General, CBI
Panel Session 1: How can employers help to broaden the curriculum in their local areas?
Workshop: Making connections between employers and schools - how can we strengthen this across the country?
Panel Session 2: What is the current curriculum not providing? A look at training schemes across different sectors
Keynote: TBC
Keynote: Paul Clarke, Chief Technology Officer, Ocado
Plenary: Professor Tom McLeish FRS, Chair, Royal Society Education Committee