Join techUK and panellists from industry and trade unions as we discuss the findings of our latest report – Making AI work for Britain – exploring the impact of AI on work and the workforce, which sets out recommendations to help the UK reap the benefits of workplace AI across the economy.
AI will fundamentally transform the workplace, powering more productive work and vastly improving products and services. The UK is a world leader in AI with high ‘AI readiness’ but right now many smaller businesses do not even use basic digital tools, and the pace of developments in AI underpin a need to act to ensure the UK is positioned to prosper in the AI-enabled economy. Seizing this opportunity will mean taking steps to foster public trust in AI, drive adoption across the country and the economy, and ensure that organisations can access the skills they need.
As the technology proliferates, AI will change the tasks people undertake in their roles and, with it, the skills that will be most important in the future workplace.
AI will fuel an increased demand for those human and soft skills that are less prone to automation, and often most transferable, alongside the tech competence and AI skills needed to work on or with this technology. At the same time, the use of AI will decrease demand for skills or tasks that are most easily automated.
Despite a pressing need for people to retrain and digitally upskill in this context, business investment in training – including digital skills training – is low, especially amongst SMEs. Many workers don't have the digital skills they need for jobs now, let alone in the future, and people need more support to keep their skills relevant in a changing economy.
The skills challenge is at the heart of the future of work, and some steps have been taken towards creating an education and training ecosystem that can equip people and businesses with skills for a tech-enabled future.
But the UK cannot be complacent as AI transforms the economy at pace.
This event will discuss how government can help provide access to, and support for, the flexible and lifelong learning opportunities that can help people to digitally upskill and transition into new AI-enabled jobs. In addition, it will assess how we can maintain a regulatory environment that allows AI-powered workplace innovation to flourish whilst fostering public trust and protecting workers’ rights.
Speakers will present their thoughts on the role AI will play in jobs across the economy, its implications for the skills debate, and what action the UK must take to position people and businesses to thrive in the AI revolution.
The session will open with a keynote speech from Kate Bell, Assistant General Secretary, Trades Union Congress, followed by a panel. There will be a chance for networking after the panel session. The audience will be made up of senior business leaders from tech companies, policy professionals, civil servants, and local government.
This event will be hosted at the techUK office. There will be no option to join remotely, however the session will be recorded to be viewed on demand.