JUSTINE MUNRO on disrupting the education sector

21C Skills Lab co-founder Justine Munro (Photo: Jerry Yelich-O'Connor)

21C Skills Lab co-founder Justine Munro discusses what led her to start the business

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This week's feature guest is Justine Munro, the co-founder of a new Auckland-based start-up called 21C Skills Lab.

Ms Munro is a director of Z Energy and one of a growing number of business leaders concerned at the lack of 21st century skills being focused on by schools and training organisations.

The new business will not only offer a series of training programmes for both students and teachers but also assessment systems to measure competencies across a range of areas including creativity, tenacity and problem solving.

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So important Justine and agree the huge part of the education gap is for parents who need to know that what and how they studied isn't relevant for the 21st century.
They are the ones who push for the University model of qualifications which isn't always the best option.

I'd love to introduce you to the work we've been doing at Venture Up and the YES programme. It sounds like a great fit with 21C.

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Alan, how do you measure success of your programmes? 1 success from 250 clients over 15 years for Creative HQ indicates something is not working.

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Very sceptical of all this ...so much easier to be creative and tenacious than do maths or science yet engineering and medicine seem still to be great employment options versus team building and thought leadership lol

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I'm reminded of how often older folk kick off with "In my day I never went to university. I walked straight out of high school into a job!"

Maybe it's time for university degrees to no longer be a pre-requisite for young Kiwis being considered for jobs, but for companies - some of whom do have grad programmes - to get involved more at the school level, like they clearly used to.

What's the point of foisting massive debt on young Kiwis just so their CV can avoid being thrown in the bin? Companies clearly used to invest in Kiwis more, and could again.

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