Future skills and training
The Australian Industry and Skills Committee has recently released its findings in a report for the Federal Government on what future skills and training, is likely to be needed both in Australia and internationally. They found that worldwide, global mobility, increased urbanisation and a growing participation in the workforce by women have been significant factors in changing the nature of the labour market. In addition, there is a universally ageing population and a change in work and career values, where the younger workforce members seek greater flexibility, a better work/life balance and workplaces that offer learning opportunities and the chance to work collaboratively.
The committee's suggestion to provide better for the skills required in the future is to ensure that the workplace provides lifelong learning opportunities, such as free, informal, digital and offline short courses. Systems that encourage knowledge exchange and two-way learning are favoured. Cooperation between industry and education could result in more public-private and cross-industry partnerships. At the moment for example, in Australia, PWC is creating a cross-disciplinary workforce by providing in-house coding training and hiring 'T-shaped' workers. These are people with a specialised working base, who are also able to work across several other areas. This is why tertiary courses that offer both depth and breadth study are held in such high regard currently by employers.
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