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Skills in Australia – For a business-led upskilling agenda

Where next for skills? COVID-19 has triggered unprecedented change in the workforce. How can business-led upskilling drive productivity and growth in the workforce. What can businesses do to give employees the right skills for the future of work?

To enable a Business-led upskilling effort government need to;

Work with business to deliver more responsive upskilling opportunities:

Business and government should work in partnership to enable individuals to iteratively upgrade their skills in a way that protects them against the rising tide of automation, and allows them to progress through their career with a lifetime of learning.

Reprioritise migration:

When borders reopen skilled migration must be reprioritised  for technical and enterprise skills required for a digital world. There is an opportunity to more actuely drive the system to support skills development. This does not mean more skilled migrants for the sake of having more; care needs to be taken to better match volumes and skills with the needs of the industry.

Place greater priority on policy to address Australia’s digital divide:

This must be managed to overcome barriers of access, affordability, and digital ability. Post-COVID-19 digital acceleration will further exacerbate the digital divide and impact every industry. Workers who have the opportunity to upskill and improve their digital literacy on the job will have significant advantage over those who do not.

Deliver a national credentialing system that embraces shorter-form credentials:

Micro-credentialing is an obvious area where government and industry can partner to achieve better outcomes.

 

Business-led, government-enabled

Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story @  Where next for skills? | PwC Australia

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