The next industrial revolution is in young people’s imaginations

Pablo Lloyd is the CEO and co-founder of Activate Apprenticeships and Activate Business School. In his third opinion piece, Pablo talks about preparing for industry 5.0.

I sent my first email over the web 21 years ago when desktop computing had become a common industrial tool. That was the early days of the digital revolution, Industry 3.0.

Artificial Intelligence brings us the next revolution, Industry 4.0.

It is well underway – from advanced manufacturing to conversations with Alexa, Einstein, and other AI entities in our homes and boardrooms.

Previous industrial revolutions, based on steam, electricity and fossil fuels in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, each took about 100 years to transform how we live and work. But the cycle is getting shorter – Industry 3.0 took less than 30 years.

So as educators and responsible employers, how should we prepare young people for the next 50 years of work?

How do we prepare them for Industry 5.0 when we don’t know what it will be?

When I ask our business clients what they look for in new recruits, they tell me they are becoming less interested in qualifications and more interested in creativity and the ability to learn. Young people are more specific, they talk about becoming algae engineers, age reversing scientists and music therapists.

Our education system is starting to change. An example is Activate Learning’s colleges, schools and training providers now designing ‘attributes’ into our curriculum. Attributes like confidence, enterprise, resilience, and creativity are core learning, not just by-products of a rounded education.

The next industrial revolution is in young people’s imaginations. Our job is to nurture behaviours which will create it and adapt to it.

What part are you playing in Industry 5.0?


Take a look at Pablo’s previous opinion piece “Learning is good for your ‘elf” here.