ASOS Chairman, Brian McBride kicks off #Skills2030 campaign

7 March 2018

The first talks in our Skills 2030 campaign kicked off earlier this week, with two fantastic talks from ASOS Chairman, Brian McBride and Chief Economist of the Bank of England, Andy Haldane. As part of the campaign, we’ve partnered with the i newspaper, who will be covering a selection of talks throughout the series. Be sure to follow the links below to the i newspaper to read the articles in full.

Brian McBride

Despite the treacherous weather in the week prior to his talk, Brain McBride travelled to his hometown of Glasgow as part of the Skills 2030 campaign.

Speaking to an audience of secondary school pupils from Smithycroft School, Brian spoke about the future of work, telling students that success is “more about attitude than ability.” 

In a video interview with the i newspaper, which you can see in full here, Brian said:

“the workplace of the future will be almost unrecognisable from what it is today” and the “key skill is going to be the ability to work with the robots.”

You can read more about Brian’s campaign talk in the full article featured here in the i newspaper


Andy Haldane

Andy Haldane, who gave the second talk of the campaign, visited Thistley Hough Academy in Stoke-On-Trent, West Midlands. Speaking to a packed hall of over 600 students, Andy emphasised the importance of preparing for the future and believing in your own ability:

”If you’re passionate enough and work hard enough, who knows what could happen?”

Speaking on the hot topic of automation in the workplace, Andy discussed skills that machines couldn’t replace:

”Creativity and inspiration, where humans also have an edge, will always be important.”

You can read more from Andy’s talk in the i newspaper here.

We would like to say a huge thank you to Brian and Andy for giving such fantastic talks, and to Smithycroft School and Thistley Hough for being such excellent hosts.

Our campaign brings together 30 of the UK’s top figures on the topic of #Skills2030. We will be running special features with our media partner, the i newspaper, all month.

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