The 21st century labour market is in a permanent process of change. Digitalisation, globalisation and ecological transformation have their impact on new jobs. These jobs show a shift towards more autonomy, less routine, more information and communication technology (ICT), fewer physical tasks, and more social and intellectual tasks over the forecast period to 2030. 

Transformation and digitalisation are characterising the economy and labour market. The labour market asks for a more flexible worker with skills focused on change, feedback and adaptation. 

Linked to this is the development of future-proof skills. The 21st Century Skills form the basic skills package to meet the challenges of the working world, but it also needs ongoing updates.

As a result of these changes, we see new needs on different levels. Our initial research shows that within VET, 21st century skills are not well developed in the context of work-based learning, in particular the implementation of these skills.

We also see that education partly shifts from school to company. This has all kinds of consequences. It means that the quality criteria for a (training) company and the skills of the coach in that company are changing. This is considered an essential need in our partnership.