Nesta’s CareerTech Challenge

We are thrilled to announce we are one of the 11 organisations selected as a grantee by Nesta and the Department for Education, to partake in Nesta’s CareerTech Challenge.

Who are Nesta?

Nesta are an independent charity who, together with the DfE, support innovative organisations to tackle the issues in a fast-changing future. Their CareerTech Challenge will provide opportunities for new careers and ways of working, and their aim aligns closely with MKF’s. That is, to help prepare the workforce and provide the right tools and technologies so people can envision their futures.

What does this mean?

Securing funding to support our mentor matching tool on Connectr will help us to future-proof employees whose roles are at risk from automation. Connectr is an employee experience platform that ensures everyone during their workplace journey feels a sense of belonging. Employees are matched with a mentor, and provided with relevant learning content to help them progress. Consequently, we’re seeking to test whether our combination of learning content and peer mentoring builds motivation and career adaptability.
As a result of this funding, the development of machine learning will help improve peer mentoring matching systems. It will also support the digital design of learning content for employer partners.

Our aim is to support people without a degree, whose jobs are at risk due to automation. Certainly, through technology, we can prove they’re valuable, adaptable and have transferable skills. Equal opportunity for everyone is at the core of what we do.

Why it matters

  • Nesta research suggests that more than six million people in the UK are currently employed in occupations that are likely to radically change or entirely disappear by 2030. This is due to automation, population ageing, urbanisation and the rise of the green economy.
  • Right now, the pandemic has intensified the importance of this problem. Recent warnings suggest that a prolonged lockdown could result in 6.5 million people losing their jobs. Of these workers, nearly 80% do not have a university degree.
  • The solutions being funded through the CareerTech Challenge will support people hit hardest by a future insecure job market. This includes those without a degree, and working in sectors such as retail, manufacturing, construction and transport.