The generation of digital natives emerging post Covid19 is asking more of their learning environments; how will our designs respond to this and develop spaces that will adequately service them? This unanticipated generation will push the boundaries of FE as we know it and ask us to question what is really important when navigating learning.
We know this unprecedented pandemic is affecting all areas of our lives and our economy. Young people in particular have had their usual ways of learning turned upside down, and their experience of remote study during lockdown is having the effect of transforming them into true digital natives. Learning from home also means being able to choose their settings and even the time that they engage with their work.
The further education sector has been starved of funding over the past decade, but it will be interesting to see if this changes to reflect the stated desire of the Government to create a new age of skilled digital jobs. With increasing automation across every sector, there is the potential for digital roles at all levels, and FE colleges are ideally placed to deliver targeted training for these.