Can cities outsmart the robots?

Technology is transforming the world of work. Demand for physical skills is declining, while analytical and interpersonal skills, coordination and critical thinking – skills that complement machines – are becoming increasingly important.

But while education can help prepare people for the future world of work, there are huge disparities between English cities in terms of educational attainment and participation at all stages – from early years to schools and lifelong learning. Cities in the North and Midlands are under-performing on these measures compared to places in the Greater South East.

Without concerted action to address these educational disparities, socio-economic divides across the country will widen. It is critical that we put in place a skills system which ensures every city is equipped to respond and adapt to the changing world of work.

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