The world is changing at a rapid pace thanks, mainly to technology. So, what does this mean for the future of jobs and what should we be teaching our students in preparation of an everchanging future?

To predict the next generation of jobs, we are required to focus on emerging technology and innovation in artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, drones, the internet of things’, robotics, 3D printing, biotechnology, blockchain technology, data science, etc.

And, if we are to pioneer a world-class Africa, we need to address how we can educate and train the students of today (aka – our future workforce). To do this, our students need access to programmes which apply the disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. We think that programmes like the Inspire S.T.E.A.M (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) programme will help to do just that.

Jobs are changing

The jobs we see now are not the jobs we can expect to see in the future. While many jobs today will still be in demand in 2030 and beyond, statistics show that 45% of jobs in the future will change.

We must re-evaluate the skills people will need for a digital future, and update our education systems to ensure teachers have the right tools to help students succeed in the workforce of tomorrow. Education systems developed 20-30 years ago will actually need to plan for a future 20-30 years away.

Humans AND Machines

It’s not going to be human vs machine, but rather human and machine. The difference between humans and Artificial Intelligence is imagination. Jobs that require creativity and creation of content, based on imagination (like design, arts, and music will) are the jobs that will create a niche for human beings.

The Inspire S.T.E.A.M programme works with drone technology to drive home an experience of innovation with tech, bringing STEAM alive in the classroom. It ignites young imaginations and opens up insight into a multitude of career opportunities on their bright horizon.

Drone technology

So, why does the Inspire S.T.E.A.M programme work with drones? Because, drones are set to play a role in almost every industry sector, and they are fast becoming and will be, an every-day experience in the future.

They now offer more career opportunities in an emerging global market for business services using drones, that according to a PwC report, has a potential value of over US$127 billion.

There are a predicted 100,000 drone-related careers estimated to hit the job market over the next few years in various fields from 3D Mapping, drone data collection, defence, emergency response and conservation to disease control and health care.

It will also encompass agriculture and weather forecasting to maritime, mining and construction, and drone technology support in infrastructure planning and development, insurance, personal transportation and airlines, to name but a few.

A STEAM programme inspires a bright future

The 2018 PwC CEO Survey indicated that 98% of South African CEOs say they are worried about the availability of key skills for the future. The wise words of John Dewey ( an Educational Philosopher) ring, “If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow.”

We believe STEAM education is core in the process of supporting careers in the future. And, what makes the Inspire S.T.E.A.M programme so much more valuable, is that it works with interactive drone technology (which we now know how valuable that is).

If you are in interested in this programme and want to use it in your classroom, simply fill in your details below and someone from the Inspire S.T.E.A.M team will be in touch soon.

You can also join the Inspire S.T.E.A.M. group now and open the discussion in STEAM Education in South Africa by joining their Facebook Group:


Editor Notes:
The above information provided was sourced by Inspire Africa.