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The Future of Work and Skills: going digital conference
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Thu, 13 Feb 2020 - 10:30 to 16:00

Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, Bristol City Centre
Redcliffe Way
United Kingdom

Free to attend

The world of work is changing fast.

Workplaces are becoming more reliant on evolving IT systems and new technology . But it can be hard to keep up, especially when the offer of digital skills and adult learning has not kept pace with demand and change.

Digitisation and automation affects all industries and jobs, and every generation. Even the way we live and participate in society and our local communities has transformed.

If we are to continue engaging with the evolving nature of work, we need to learn new skills: from downloading your payslip to accessing your online bank account, and from controlling new machinery and technology to do your day-to-day job, to learning about a new system at work - our lives are changing.

This event, sponsored by unionlearn, presents ideas and workshops on how we can use our workplaces to provide more learning opportunities on digital and other skills to prepare us for the future.

Workshops include:

• Equality and diversity in digital

This session will examine some of the most cited reasons for lack of digital engagement, and as the world of work becomes more reliant on regular connectivity, how this could result in individuals being left behind. From sourcing opportunities to submitting applications, from swapping shifts to submitting reports, the digital literacy of the modern workforce is becoming more important. Liz Hardwick , International Digital Tech Speaker, will share her insights into current trends, potential solutions and why the role of unions could be pivotal in ensuring that access to opportunities is assured for all.

•  Digital learning at work

Getting workers involved in learning can be tricky. And it’s even harder if it’s digital. When faced with a shift to self-check out machines, online shopping and intranet use, the union for shopworkers ran an effective campaign across its membership to help members and staff transition into the new way of working. This workshop led by Usdaw includes practical tips on how you can engage more effectively.  

•  Future skills for the modern workforce

Transversal knowledge, skills and competencies are all relevant to every workplace and occupation. But what are they and how to do they help us prepare for the future of work? Paula Jones, Unionlearn funded senior project leader presents a practical workshop on NEU’s transformational project on the skills we all need to get ahead of the digital revolution.

Register for your free place today. 

Transport and Travel

The venue is very close to Bristol Temple Meads station ( 5 minutes walk).

Car parking is around the area. Please check in advance. 


The venue is fully accessible.

Lunch will also be provided.

Please indicate any allergies or access needs in the registration form. 

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