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Audio interview

Hard measures for soft skills

26 Oct 2017

Dr Andreas Schleicher, the OECD’s Director for the Directorate of Education and Skills, discusses building capabilities, or what the OECD calls competencies, and why they matter in education. He explains why be believes they can be taught and measured.

In exploring the workplace of the future and the distribution of skills that will be needed, he stresses that soft skills including social and emotional skills, problem-solving, and creativity will be the capabilities that differentiate people from machines and artificial intelligence. This makes them increasingly critical to be taught in our education system.

He says, "today’s success is about having the navigation skills to find your own way in an increasingly complex, volatile and uncertain world."

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