Recent research from the OECD claims that 38% of jobs in England will change or be automated out of existence in the coming decades. The workplace of the future will have to develop resilience in the face of a large-scale reorganisation of work, and the key to this is investment in skills, training and lifelong learning.
At Republic, we’re working to get ahead of this trend because we believe that providing workspace alongside education and training within a mixed-use campus environment brings huge benefits. The universities that have taken space on our office floors tell us this is the case – that the graduate students they are recruiting to their professional education and masters’ courses are drawn to the quality and professionalism of our environment and the ecosystem of businesses we’ve created.
“We decided to move to Republic as we wanted to develop a more vibrant campus that would provide our students with creative and innovative learning spaces,” says Lucie Pollard, Director of the London Campus of the University of the West of Scotland. “We have recently moved into the 7th floor of the Building and we love the vista this location provides, with Canary Wharf, the River Thames and the O2 on view from our windows. For us the location is important, and we chose the Import Building for our new campus so that our students could study in one of London’s central business districts. But also we loved the building and felt it was ideal for students to learn in and be inspired.”
Professional services firms also want to be close to the energy and potential of the student population – and see proximity as privileged access to an exciting and diverse talent pool, as well as an opportunity to work alongside potential customers.
Republic is home to three schools of higher education: The University of the West of Scotland, ARU London and Global Banking School. They’re joined by third sector organisations like the TATI Craft Hub and City Gateway who provide education and skills programmes that help people realise their potential, and Open City which provides an extensive programme of education about the built environment, including the annual Open House weekend and the Accelerate schools programme. You can read more about how Republic supports these organisations here
Republic even has an on-site nursery, the East India branch of Little Me Day Nurseries, which creates flexible options for parents who work on Campus.
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