Post-pandemic recovery starts now. Lessons from abroad.
In 2020, we released our Industry Briefing ‘Closing Australia’s Skills Gap’, which explored the vast changes to the ways we work amid advancing technology and changing expectations of the workplace.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to shape workplaces over the country, Australia’s skills gaps have widened. While the focus has been on digital literacy, these gaps are more profound than just adapting to the world’s largest ever work-from-home experiment.
By looking at case studies and examples of better practice from abroad, Dr. Benjamin Hamer shows that there is opportunity for system-wide skills reform to ensure the longer-term viability and success of Australian organisations and their workers. This includes action across areas such as lifelong learning and upskilling, proactive redeployment, new skills funding models and skills anticipation using insights from the job market.
Broadening the skill base of Australians is vital for economic growth and prosperity. With a series of foundational infrastructure and investments in place, now is time to drive greater public-private cooperation to accelerate closing Australia’s skills gap.