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.

‘Learning is good for your ‘elf’ – Pablo Lloyd

elfPablo Lloyd is the CEO and co-founder of Activate Apprenticeships and Activate Business School. In his second opinion piece, Pablo here talks about his thoughts on giving learning as a gift.

My mother was 79 years old when she completed her first degree in English Literature at Birkbeck, University of London. She loved learning and was inspired to go on and teach GCSE students well into her 80s.

Advances in neuroscience show us that the brain develops physically throughout our lives. Smart as they were, the ancient Greeks were wrong about the brain. Aristotle likened it to a wax tablet which starts warm and pliable as a baby, becoming cold and inflexible as an adult. In fact, by using and challenging the brain it warms up and gets better at learning.

If you are looking for an unusual Christmas present or want to treat yourself, what about a learning gift?

Here are my ten favourites:

  1. Learn about Artificial Intelligence at
  2. Try spoon carving at or
  3. Find out about the latest scientific discoveries by subscribing to
  4. Embrace your creativity and use Oblique Strategies cards from
  5. Give mindfulness a go with the app from
  6. Enjoy art by joining a group of galleries
  7. Learn welding at
  8. Learn beekeeping and more at
  9. Learn about organisational success and read Black Box Thinking by Matthew Syed
  10. Learn calligraphy

Of course, there are limits. My mother succumbed to dementia in her late 90s, but she lived to be 100 and inspired three generations to pursue their curiosity and creativity.

Who will you inspire this month?

Take a look at Pablo’s previous opinion piece “The productivity problem is in the boardroomhere.