Useful resources from our #Skills2030 campaign

19 April 2018

Bruce Daisley at Chorlton High School (Courtesy of Chorlton High School)


Over March, 30 of the UK’s leading figures from tech, business, media and more gave school talks on what skills they thought young people would need in the future. On this page, you will find resources surrounding this important topic such as video interviews, top advice and skills.  You can use the below in the classroom to encourage and inspire your students to think about skills that they think will be important for the future. You can also link to speakers’ bio on the right-hand side of the page. Below you will find:


  • Speakers’ top 5 skills for the future
  • Short video interviews with our speakers
  • Student opinion videos
  • Links to all of our articles in the i newspaper


Top 5 skills from the campaign 

During our Skills 2030 campaign, we asked leading figures what their top skills for the future would be. Each insight provides a great opportunity for your students to reflect on the value of different skills as well as encouraging them to think how best to prepare for the future.


How can I use this in the classroom?

  • Ask your students to think critically about each skill below
  • Why do they think this skill might be important?
  • Do they agree with the speaker?
  • What other skills (not mentioned) do they think will be vital for the future and why?

Here’s our top 5:


1. Be curious about tech  

‘‘Be curious & don’t be frightened about technology; it underpins everything & if you can understand it, you can build the future” – Martha Lane Fox, Internet Entrepreneur

Watch our exclusive interview with Martha Lane Fox:



You can read more about Martha’s talk in the i newspaper.


2. The power of perseverance

‘‘Resilience, patience & persistence are key, even when it gets hard’’ – Danny Jones, Former Singer & Guitarist of McFly


Video courtesy of the i newspaper

Read more from Danny’s talk here.


3. Stand out from the crowd

“Probably the best advice I could give you is to never underestimate the power of getting people’s attention.” – Bruce Daisley,VP of Twitter


Video courtesy of Chorlton High School & BBC School Report


You can read the full write up from Bruce’s talk in the i newspaper.

You can also read Chorlton High School‘s write up from the talk here.


4. Don’t underestimate the value of creativity

“Nail your Maths and English and all the things you have to do, but also you’ve got to think about creativity, design and innovation” – Tristram Hunt, Director of V&A Museum

Read more from Tristram Hunt’s Skills 2030 talk and his tips for the future in the i newspaper.


5. Ask stupid questions

“In reality, the question is rarely stupid” – Ed Kemp, Director of RADA

Read what the 5 pieces of advice Ed would give to his younger self here.


Expert insights from top professionals

We caught up with the EMEA President of Google, Matt Brittin and leading entrepreneur, Rajeeb Dey MBE to ask their views on how young people can best prepare for the future. See below for these expert insights.


How can I use this in the classroom?

Ask your students to watch both videos below

  • How different do you think jobs might be in 2030? List what jobs they think might exist in the future.
  • What do they think would constitute a ‘transferable skill’  e.g. communication, flexibility, teamwork etc.
  • Why do they think these skills are so valuable?


1. Matt Brittin, EMEA President of Google

We asked Matt how he thought young people could prepare for jobs that don’t exist.




2. Rajeeb Dey MBE, Entrepreneur and CEO of Learnerbly

Rajeeb visited St Edward’s Church of England School in Havering to discuss the value of having an entrepreneurial mindset as an essential skill for the future.



Student Interviews

One of the aims of our #Skills2030 campaign was to encourage a debate among young people about their future. We were keen to give students a voice and hear their views on the campaign talks. Below you can hear candid reactions from the students who attended the Skills 2030 talks, what their favourite pieces of advice were and how this advice might help them prepare for the future.


How can I use this in the classroom?

Ask your students to listen to the videos below.

  • Pick out skills that the students below thought were valuable e.g. communication
  • Do you agree with their selections?
  • Why do they think it’s important to think about skills for the future?


1. Lambeth Academy – Deji (15) and Ashanti (15)

Karen Blackett, CEO of MediaCom visited Lambeth Academy in Clapham as part of her Skills 2030 talk. Hear what Deji and Ashanti had to say:




2. Archbishop Tenison’s – Hansley (18) and Lakyadia (19)

Hansley and Lakyadia shared their thoughts on Sharon White, CEO of Ofcom‘s talk.




3. Oasis Academy Shirley Park – Tonya (18) and Lewis (18)

We spoke to Tonya and Lewis following Matt Brittin‘s talk.




4. Richmond Park Academy – Year 7 students

Give one word to describe Danny Jones‘ talk!



The i Newspaper Articles 

We were delighted to partner with the i newspaper, subsequently receiving some fantastic coverage throughout the campaign. You can find all of our articles, including Speaker op-eds here. Alternatively, click on the individual links below.



We asked our speakers what advice they would give to their younger self:

Baroness (Shami) Chakrabarti, Barrister and Shadow Attorney General

Rajeeb Dey MBE, Entrepreneur

Ed Kemp, Director of RADA

Andrew Law, CEO of Caxton Associates & Chairman of Speakers for Schools

Robert Peston, On why he set up S4S

Sir Anthony Seldon, VC of Buckingham University & Historian

Sharon White, CEO of Ofcom



Skills 2030 Campaign Launch

Results from our YouGov survey

Campaign Highlights



Matt Brittin, President of EMEA of Google

Bruce Daisley, VP of Twitter

Andy Haldane, Chief Economist at the Bank of England

Christine Hodgson, Chairwoman of Capgemini UK

Tristram Hunt, Director of V&A Museum

Danny Jones, Musician & The Voice Kids judge

Martha Lane Fox, Internet Entrepreneur

Brian McBride, Chairman of ASOS

Jimmy Wales, Founder of Wikipedia


We would like to say a big thank you to all of the schools and speakers who took part in this year’s campaign. There are still a few more talks remaining in the series. You can keep up with the coverage of the campaign here.


If you are a secondary school or college that has high-need students without access to great speakers in media or beyond, then please get in touch today. You can register to be a part of our network here.