The future of work in Southampton: Ensuring the city’s workforce stay ahead of the robots

At 6pm on 20 December 2018, Southampton City Council’s Scrutiny Inquiry Panel will continue its inquiry into the future of work in Southampton with the Panel considering how the city’s workforce can acquire the right skills to stay ahead of the robots, and what steps are being undertaken to secure the right skills to drive the data driven economy.

This meeting builds on the findings of previous meetings where the Panel heard that a number of routine or low skilled jobs are at high risk of being displaced due to globalisation and technological advances. The Panel was advised that cities with highly skilled and qualified employees will be able to respond more effectively to the opportunities for economic growth and prosperity that the technological revolution will bring.

Guests invited to the inquiry meeting to inform the discussion include:

• Professor Dame Wendy Hall - Regius Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southampton, Executive Director of the Web Science Institute and Skills Champion for Artificial Intelligence in the UK
• Cllr Darren Paffey – Cabinet Member for Aspiration, Skills and Lifelong Learning
• Geoff Glover – Strategic Development Consultant, Southampton Solent University, Chair of the emerging Southampton Education Quarter Forum
• Sarah Stannard – Principal and Chief Executive, City College Southampton and Chair of the Southampton Careers Inspiration Group
• Denise Edghill - Interim Director for Growth, Southampton City Council

The inquiry meeting commences at 6pm in Committee Room 1 at the Civic Centre. Members of the public are welcome to attend.