Future job and skills outlook poll

WEF carried out a global poll of 11,000 young people on future skills using u-report platform.

WEF Youth Perspectives

I wish life was a game which came with instructions, but unfortunately we don’t have that roadmap that can tell us exactly what we should do to get to where we want to be.

Praise Majwafi, 22, South Africa
  • 63% believe, given the current economic and social changes, they will have the career that they want in the future?
  • 30% can’t afford training and its their biggest barrier to develop the skills they need to pursue career aspirations.
  • In Australia, which was a small sample size – don’t know what skills they need came up top.
  • 32% job ready skill program and 28% access to on the job training would make the most difference to achieve their career goals. Thats also reflected in Australia’s small sample.

Its worth checking out the knowledge graphs – you have to create a WEF account for free, as well as easily accessible ureport

#education #skillsofthefuture # #training

Vocation education sector needs more than new buildings

Its no secret that secondary schools have never been very good at supporting vocational educational pathways into jobs. New vocational education facilities are being built at Seven Hills High School and that’s an important and commendable signal in the change of emphasis by the NSW state government.

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Its no secret that secondary schools have never been very good at supporting vocational educational pathways into jobs. New vocational education facilities are being built at Seven Hills High School and that’s an important and commendable signal in the change of emphasis by the NSW state government. [1]

The German experience, long a hallmark of a dual education system, shows that there are issues to resolve. [2] Low achieving and migrant students find themselves increasingly marginalised and competing with academically bright students for vocational education places. Female students are often encouraged to undertake courses in care industries instead of higher paid and traditionally male oriented jobs. Metrics and targets for female and low achieving students will help ensure equity.

Students, parents, teachers and employers are all confused by the myriad of options available in a fragmented education sector. Many fail to understand the importance of early decisions. Many simply do not know or are too busy with the day to day to care. How do we reach them? Age appropriate communication and tools to explore pathways, implications of early decisions and future consequences are important adjuncts to providing much needed new facilities.

There’s no silver bullet but an understanding of the issues and risks will help schools navigate their way through Australia’s emerging education sector of the future.

[1] https://www.nsw.gov.au/media-releases/new-vocational-facilities-at-seven-hills-high-school

[2] https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1024258919898115

The New Work Standard

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Foundation of Young Australian’s new report asks what is good work in an increasingly deregulated job market and makes policy suggestions to turn that around.

FYA looks at what part time, casual, self-employed and gig work – or flexible work – means for young people, their livelihoods and careers.

The future looks bleak for many and we cant rely on free markets alone to to create new jobs. We’ll end up with generations of young people not living up to their potential or be given the opportunities that they deserve in life. Unless good work can be created by government backed up with training pathways for skills of the future. Lets give our children a future they deserve.

#futureofwork #skillsofthefuture #NewWorkStandard

Better insights not revolution in the education sector

If 73 senior professors wrote me a letter I would listen as we simply cannot afford to get this wrong.

The governments well intentioned objective is to “...better align Commonwealth funding to emerging labour market priorities, including nursing, health occupations, teaching and IT“.

Surely providing student more data and insights on skills of the future, occupation pathways, employability and revenue potential would surely have been a less drastic starting point? Ultimately better informed students would vote with their feet and we would achieve the same outcome while remaining true to open market principles.

#educationindustry #educationreform #skillsofthefuture


JobTrainer 2Bn investment

An additional $2Bn for training and re-skilling is certainly a welcome announcement by federal government as well the additional $500M from states. It does require states to sign up to much needed reform – but thats not such a bad thing in an overly complex vocational education sector.

A question remains on course completion rates – how will we encourage people to not just start courses but also successfully complete them. Where courses are completely digital that is less of an issue as production costs are a one off. But if they need online trainers or in location training that can become an expensive issue. So how do we equip learners with the knowledge to pick the right courses, ones they are likely to complete and also provide them viable skills of the future in in demand industries? There needs to be a carrot and not just a stick approach.

Perhaps processes such as those provided by Khan Academy for teachers to monitor progress of student classes gives us a clue on how this can be done at scale?

For professionals looking at short courses – subsidies to global providers such as Linkedin Learning, Udemy, Coursera, Edx, Pluralsight, SkillsShare and others – would be a valuable additional option to locally created short courses. A small monthly sum typically provides access to 1000’s of courses and for large cohorts of self-sufficient people, that’s probably all they really need.

An elephant remain firmly planted in the centre of the room. Training alone will never be enough as people need ultimately jobs. Waiting for industry alone to create jobs will simply take too long and a large pool of unemployed and underemployed already exists. A generation’s talent will be wasted unless more is done.

Coalition to commit $2bn for training if states agree to overhaul of vocational education – The Guardian


COVID catch-up: helping disadvantaged students close the equity gap – Grattan Institute

Recommendations from Grattan Institute to invest more in disadvantaged students and reduce the education gap. Using university students and undergraduates in small study groups also gives them a much needed source of income. All seems pretty reasonable to me.

SBS article:


I’d also add noise cancelling headphones to those students in crowed, noisy households – they certainly work well to make open plan offices palatable.

Grattan COVID catch-up: helping disadvantaged students close the equity gap report : https://lnkd.in/gH47z7P
#skillsofthefuture #educationmatters #disadvantaged Julie Sonnemann Peter Goss

Australia’s first cyber collaboration centre officially open – Mirage News

Our lucky country finds itself paying increasing attention to what was far distant problems elsewhere in the world as they’ve inevitably reached our shores. If Australia is to be resilient in these uncertain times and thrive, we need more initiatives that focus on future industries. Ones that build the nations skills of the future offering services that can be exported globally as a premium resource rather than a commodity price tag subject to the whims of others.

Take note that we do have a way to go. WEF’s Global Competitiveness index rank Australia 16th overall out of 141 economies in 2019. WIPO’s Global Innovation Index places Australia 22nd out of 129 economies in 2019.

CISRO’s excellent 2019 Australian National Outlook and Future report series point to necessary shifts for a more prosperous Australia. It asks us the question – do we want to live up to our potential or face a slow decline? Will we take up that challenge?