The Academy

Futureproof yourself.

The Future Work Skills Academy is the only one of its kind in the world. An adaptive agile coalition delivering training identified by both the World Economic Forum and the Institute for the Future as integral for engagement and agency in the Future of Work we offer skillset transformation led by a diverse array of the world’s experts.

 

In simple terms: we help you and your organisation futureproof yourselves.

Our subject matter focuses on teaching agency in those traits, skills and behaviours that will allow humans to flourish in the age of cognitive augmentation. Our Foundation Literacy Masterclasses include Novel and Adaptive Thinking, Design Mindset, SenseMaking, Virtual Collaboration, Computational Thinking, New Media Literacy, Cross Cultural Competency, Cognitive Load Management and Transdisciplinarity. Special guest stars deliver short courses in Enabling Literacies such as Assisted Mindfulness as A Digital Literacy, Agile Mindset, Creative Problem Solving, News Judgement and Systems Thinking.

The skills transfer of poorly named ‘soft skills’ has challenged educators for millennia. As automation bites and organisations find themselves requiring human workers to undertake tasks that are increasingly non-routine in nature intense investment in effective pedagogy for these skills is on the rise. Research suggests that the most effective approach has three  phases: 1. skills infusion 2. Collaborative, challenge-based team learning activities. 3. Immersive experience requiring real world application.

Our Learning Journey is framed around these three steps but as an organisation working in the Future of Work we are also a learning platform. We continue to test the efficacy of our approaches, content, learning modalities.

You can read about our philosophy here.

CURRICULUM

The Academy curriculum is designed for two levels of learning cohort: Next Leaders (the leaders of the future) and Now Leaders (those that lead people and organisations today).

1. Skills Infusion

The learning journey starts with the online digital courses  and all learners undertake these as a baseline. We have adopted this approach based on evidence that suggests that the first step of true agency is knowledge infusion. Course are available as a one off purchase or as part of an annual subscription offered to organisations.

Learners then stream into their two cohorts and progress to webinars hosted by Skills Coaches. These are available for single enrollment. 10 webinars a year are included for organisations with annual subscriptions.

2. Online Team-based Learning Challenges

Learners have further opportunity to increase their agency through a series of group based, collaborative training activities delivered through the Teams and Communities function of the Academy.

From 2019, the Academy goes on the road with challenge-based workshops where learners apply their skills in real time facilitated by the Academy Skills Coaches. Workshops will be offered for both Now Leaders and New Leaders in Australia and the US.

3. Immersive Learning Experiences

The Academy is collaborating with Being VR to bring to market scenario-based, virtual learning activities to further entrench skills in learners through their VR solutions which you can read read about here.