Business leaders can play a huge role and if they play that role right, they’ll look after their workforce and build stronger firms in the process. Government and business should work together to understand what skills need prioritising, what support workforces will need for transition, how to approach skills renewal, and how to recruit for the future.
The challenge will be how business works together, shedding a territorial approach to workforce development and working across industries to learn from digital disruption.
We need to see business leading and innovating given the fluidity within labour markets and the way people move between firms – it’s in businesses’ common interests to learn from each other.
What role can secondary education play?
Education, primary, secondary, vocational and tertiary are all going to have roles to play across the workforce. We need an integrated view of learning that challenges the linear view of skills acquisition, where we think people only learn or invest in their skills when they’re young.
Secondary education is a key area of our existing education system and will be for many years to come. Within that, there is a crucial need to understand students’ strengths and ensure the curriculum continues to meet the needs of the workplace and prepares students for further education as well.
I am also particularly optimistic about vocational education – TAFEs can and should play a big part in mid-career skills renewal.