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The workplace is being reshaped by data science and technology, traditional jobs are fast being replaced with jobs that require new skillsets. The work future will require a whole new approach to education, training and recruitment.
Rotary District 9940 is a major sponsor and supporter of the Work in Progress conference being held in Wellington in early November, which is looking at the changing nature of work.
The way we work is changing, and the rate of that change is picking up speed as technology transforms our lives. In the workplace, the blue collar/white collar divide is now old hat, and new-collar work is the way of the future. Traditional methods of working and, indeed, learning are out, and flexibility is in.
Exactly what that disruption means, and how we can adapt is the theme of the inaugural “Work in Progress” Conference, presented in Wellington on Wednesday November 8, where international and local experts will be presenting their perspectives and up to date research and analysis on the challenges and opportunities we can expect.
“The Conference is for individuals, business and organisational leaders looking to future-proof themselves and their workplaces in the dynamic new economy,” Conference Director John Dow said. ““We have secured a cross section of experienced specialists – from the business, technology, academic, arts and public sector, and beyond - to provide some unique and world leading views and perspectives on what work is going to look like in the years to come.”
Mr Dow said that it’s becoming increasingly apparent that the work future requires a whole new approach to education, training and recruitment. “Already we have organisations saying that job seekers will no longer require formal qualifications in some situations. So people need to have the right kind of information, knowledge and support available so they can make wise choices about the employment and business future.”
The Work in Progress Conference will be a great opportunity to hear the latest research, insights and strategies for navigating rapid change experienced by business and the community alike, Mr Dow said.  “Some of the Conference Speakers will challenge current workplace thinking, and encourage business and organizational leaders to reinvigorate their teams, embracing new technology trends and developments in a human and constructive way.”
“Conference attendees will be encouraged to contribute to and participate in a vibrant, aware and inclusive Wellington economy and community as a fundamental premise for creating Wellington’s New Collar Future,” Mr Dow added.
Mr Dow praised the strong support from Conference Sponsors, which has allowed Registrations to be available at accessible, cost effective levels. These include a special Under25 rate of $125 and an Early Bird rate of $195 with Full Registration available at $245. Registrations include Lunch and Morning and Afternoon Refreshments with lots of good networking time available during the day.
Registrations are now open : www.wipwellington.co.nz
For more information
John Dow - Director 
027 258 0717 john@agenda-marketing.co.nz   
Gayle Page - Marketing Director   
027 208 8780 gayle@agenda-marketing.co.nz