The College for the Future report highlights the Technological revolution we are currently experiencing. Advances in information and communications technologies (ICTs), artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality (VR) and robotics are profoundly changing the way people work, learn, communicate and live.
This has the potential to support smarter and more agile ways of living and working in future, requiring a different skill set and fundamentally changing notions of career pathways – with increasing emphasis on higher and more specialised skills, and a consequent need for lifelong learning. A number of our College projects are STEM related and respond to the new digital agenda. A recent example is our work with Sandwell College where we are developing facilities including:
Focusing on a full spectrum of skills from entry level to level 4 and above they offer upskilling space targeting adults seeking to ‘upskill’ or ‘newskill’ in the use of digital technologies. They include training in fundamental office productivity software spreadsheets, word processing, databases, desktop publishing, email and internet access. The facilities provide developer training for software design and engineering as well as the i-Code College designed to teach from basic software development using software tools through to technical code development and design and web design.
Ideas Lab host newly developing areas such as design in the i-Design studio which supports 3D digital modelling using the latest CAD software and rapid prototyping and light fabrication by offering maker space in the i-Make studio. Creative design and product development is blended with multidisciplinary skills ranging from engineering to artistry to develop class leading products.