Media Release

DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION SKILLS STRATEGY WEBINAR TO FOCUS ON WHAT AUSTRALIA’S TRAINING SYSTEM MUST DO TO ENSURE WE LEAVE NO AUSTRALIAN WORKER BEHIND

The World Economic Forum calls it ‘The Great Reset’.  Some refer to it as ‘double disruption’. Convergence of the global pandemic and digital transformation have together hastened the adoption of technology at a rate few of us thought possible and has rapidly accelerated the future of work. In a matter of months, businesses have leapt ahead years in their digital journey.

 

The Digital Transformation Expert Panel has now released ‘The Learning Country’ – its strategy for what Australia’s Vocational Education and Training (VET) system must do to support our nation’s workforce through the impact of digital transformation. It emphasises that our training system needs to move quickly given predictions* that by 2034:

  • Automation will displace 2.7m Australian workers
  • Technology will supplement 4.5m Australian workers, leading to a 15% capacity uplift to Australian businesses.

 

With the guiding principle of ‘leave no worker behind’, the Strategy emphasises that while digital transformation is synonymous with technology, it is those inherent human skills which cannot be replicated by an algorithm that will help future-proof the workforce.

 

To bring this message to a wider audience, this webinar will discuss the key issues for Australia’s training system, digital transformation and how it will augment and affect the future of work.

 

Titled ’Digital transformation – what Australia’s VET system must do to ensure we leave no worker behind‘ the webinar will feature Professor Aleksandar Subic, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Science, Engineering, Health and Vice President Digital Innovation at RMIT University, Dr Claire Mason, Principal Research Scientist at CSIRO’s Data61, Mark McKenzie, Immediate Past Chair and Director of the Council of Small Business Organisations Australia (COSBOA) and Paul Walsh, CEO of Australian Industry Standards, who will also be facilitating this webinar.

 

“The webinar is a must for anyone in the VET system, regardless of whether you’re a trainer, manager or policy maker.  And it’s just as applicable to those in industry.  One of the strongest messages we heard throughout the consultation process, was that industry leadership is the critical success factor in ensuring we leave no worker behind” said Paul Walsh, CEO of Australian Industry Standards, the organisation that’s supported the Panel from its establishment in late 2019.

 

Please click here to register for the webinar.

 

*Technology Impacts on the Australian Workforce (2020) Australian Computer Society and Faethm

 

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