The skill gap is now becoming more evident and is continuing to grow across all industries in Australia. As what is termed the fourth industrial revolution is heading towards Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, and Machine Learning, these advancing technologies are changing the nature of jobs and skills that are required to be possessed by the employees in the Australian workforce to survive this drastically changing nature of the work environment.
According to the World Economic Forum, the rate at which technology is growing and the pace at which it is being adopted across the globe will witness a sharp acceleration over the next decade. With huge uptakes in big data corporations, eCommerce platforms, and cloud storage, upscaling digital skills will be the priority for most of the big businesses. By 2025, Australia will need an estimated 1,56,000+ digitally skilled workers to sustain and maintain the pace of growth. The rate at which tech workers are hired is astonishing due to their high-value skills. Workforce Australia services are trying to fulfill the high demand for digitally upskilled workers and employees by informing and teaching the most important and highly valued skills in today’s time as well as for the coming future.
Upskilling and Reskilling
To address the problem of a shortage of digitally trained high-value workers and employees, organizations must invest in their employees to upskill and provide them with a perfect environment for reskilling. The pandemic had made everyone realize the importance and need to accelerate the learning process. To keep up with the pace at which the world is learning new skills along with working with the ones they already possess, the government and big businesses should come forward and take responsibility and do what they can to reduce the barriers towards reskilling.
How to keep up with the World
Digital transformation is seeing exponential growth. The most critical part that can ensure success in this ever-changing generation is that you have a skilled workforce that is always ready to grab opportunities and keep pace with them. Technological transformation must be started by first mapping out the workforce so that no one is left behind.
According to the workforce population of Australia which is 13 million employees spread around 2.6 million businesses, 300,000 digital professionals is the number that the calculations come down to. Being able to produce 300,000 professionals ready with high-value digital skills that can take on the work pressure along with the pace at which the industry is growing depends on how the employees are trained. During the pandemic, the complexity of the business landscape had become essential to factor in. It gave an open view of how businesses operated and how their global supply chains were affected.
Training and learning different skills is the only way for workers and employees to fit in and respond to the rapidly advancing and constantly changing demanding nature of the market and the business environment as well. As businesses and their needs are changing, learning new skills is the only way to stay relevant and important in the workforce.
The pandemic accelerated growth in jobs that required skills such as mathematics, technology, and data analysis. One of the most significant changes it has brought is that repeatable jobs can now be automated and it would require significant upscaling to stay in the loop. Skills like communication, complex thinking, problem-solving, leadership, and solutions-driven are becoming increasingly important. Even technical skills such as data analysis and coding can be acquired through micro-credentials and learned through short courses as well.
One of the key values while solving a problem of this scale is equality. Digital courses should be developed and made available for everyone at every level starting right from the bottom to the top. There should be no bias. Bringing in a balance of free and equal access to training, courses, opportunities, and experience will help the Australian workforce to speed up.
The problem that the Australian workforce is facing here is huge in scale. It is difficult to operate through this at different levels. Collaboration is the only way forward to pick up the pace and advance through learning and upskilling to take on the world.