THE workers and innovators of the future are receiving their school exam results today.

As Highers and Nat 4 and Nat 5 envelopes drop through letterboxes and text messages send results to thousands of phones across the city, a new study reveals pupils are concerned about having the right skills for a rapidly changing world of work.

Research for BAE Systems, which owns Govan and Scotstoun shipyards and who run a prestigious apprenticeship programme, found two thirds of 16 to 24 year olds are concerned that they lack skills for advanced high technology future careers.

BAE bosses advised people to study a science and technology based subject in further or higher education to be ready to take advantage of opportunities in the future.

And such is the pace of change that almost half of those polled think they will one day work in an industry that does not yet exist.


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Almost three-quarters (71%) want more information on the careers that will be available to them in the future.

With advances in artificial intelligence and computing technology many of todays jobs are thought will be obsolete within the working life of those leaving school this year.

BAE systems, which state it is the biggest technology manufacturer in the UK, has highlighted a few examples of where today’s school leavers could see their futures.

AI translators will manage the ‘co-botic’ relationship between humans and machines.

They will be responsible for training both the human and the AI assistant, helping them “develop an effective ‘teaming’ relationship”.

Systems farmers will use synthetic biology to grow complex machines.

And Human E source managers will use wearable e-textile technology to measure data on employees’ wellbeing, output and workloads.


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Malcolm Rob, Engineering Manager, at BAE Systems Naval Ships, said: “Today’s school leavers are the lifeblood of the STEM sector in Scotland and they represent a massive opportunity for the whole of the UK.“ The capabilities of science, technology and engineering reach new frontiers every day – which also means a great deal of uncertainty for centennials (those aged 16-24), as the jobs of 2040 are yet to be realised.

“My advice to school leavers is to embrace the element of the unknown and futureproof your career by studying a STEM based degree or undertaking an apprenticeship.

“Our early careers programmes are helping young people not only with the skills required for today’s jobs but also skills that will allow them to adapt in the future. At BAE Systems, we are always looking ahead to better understand our future skills requirements and are committed to investing continually in the professional development of our people.”