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Bank of England Chief Economist Andy Haldane speaking to students at Thistley Hough Academy

Bank of England chief economist visits Thistley Hough

Andy Haldane, Chief Economist at Bank of England, visited the academy as part of #Skills2030 Speakers for Schools campaign

Posted by Lucinda Reid | March 16, 2018 | Events

Students and staff at Thistley Hough Academy in Penkhull were delighted to welcome Bank of England Chief Economist, Andy Haldane.

Named by Time Magazine as among the world’s 100 most influential people, Andy shared some of his best life lessons and advice with the students about the skills they need for success and how to prepare for the world of work in 2030.

The talk which took place this week comes as part of Speakers for Schools national campaign, 'What skills will young people need for work in 2030?' (#Skills2030) where over 30 of the UK’s leading figures from business, tech and culture are each giving a talk at a state school, sharing insights and advice to students on how to develop their future careers.

The talk series feeds into an important, on-going discussion about how young people can prepare for an evolving job market and what skills are considered fundamental by today's leaders.

Thistley Hough Academy Principal, Holly Hartley, said: “The students had a fascinating discussion this morning after listening to Andy Haldane, as he examined what the employability skills of the future are predicted to be and how AI will allow many roles to become completely automated. Having an inspirational speaker like Andy in the Academy offered a great opportunity for the students to ask him questions and helps raise their own aspirations, something we place a high priority on at Thistley Hough.”

By linking influential speakers with state school students, the charity hopes this campaign will inspire and empower young people for the world in 2030.

Speakers for Schools was set up by ITV’s Robert Peston in 2011 to help level the playing field for state schools students through access to the UK’s leading figures, the charity has launched the campaign to highlight the ways in which today’s influential figures can be directly supporting young people through their own time or that of their business.

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