According to National Skills Week Chair Brian Wexham, Australia needs 250,000 new digital jobs by 2025.
Wexham has emphasized the importance of empowering young people and job seekers with digital skills to lay the foundation for a satisfying and successful career.
“Digital is everywhere. Don’t just think of it as just IT. As technology continues to advance rapidly, the need for digital skills is embedded in every aspect of our lives,” he says.
The Commonwealth Government estimates that 87% of jobs today require digital literacy across all Australian sectors and industries.
In addition, the government’s Digital Economy Strategy 2030 predicts that digitization will create 250,000 new jobs by 2025. The government invests in the environment, infrastructure and incentives to grow Australia’s digital economy.
The Digital Skills Organization (DSO) works with employers, trainers and learners to create a more open and consistent pathway based on digital skills to create a better digital future.
According to DSO CEO Patrick Kidd, digital skills are just as important as reading and writing.
“Australia will need 60,000 new digital workers per year over the next five years. In addition, nearly 90% of Australian workers will need digital skills during that time,” he says.
The DSO has developed initiatives such as the interactive Digiskills Academy to help young people discover the wide range of digital skills they need and see what digital career paths they’re interested in.
Tech and digital careers offer greater flexibility and higher paying jobs with a wage gap of only about 3% between university graduates and vocational education and training (VET) graduates.
Accenture research shows that Australia will need an additional 653,000 skilled workers by the end of 2010, making technology the seventh largest employer in the economy.
Beyond the tech sector, everyone in every industry, from retail to agriculture, will need to master seven new digital skills by 2025 to keep pace with change, according to the Alpha Beta Report 2020.
“Given the breadth and transferability of digital skills, VET has an important role to play. Our VET department is open and accessible to everyone, regardless of background.” says Wexham.
Celebrating its 12th year, National Skills Week 2022 will be held from August 22nd to 28th, with this year’s theme “The Universe of Skills.” The theme is to encourage people to go beyond their imagination and discover skills, careers, pathways and opportunities in their VET they never knew or thought about.
Another important objective is to identify and highlight the industries that will have the most in-demand jobs in the future and the industries that will see the greatest growth in the next few years, so that Australians can secure these jobs and achieve stable conditions. It is about ensuring that you acquire the skills you need to maintain longevity.・Temporary employment.
“It’s important to let graduates, job seekers, parents and job seekers know what the jobs of the future look like and where Australia’s most important skills gaps and job needs lie,” says Wexham.
“This will enable young people who have not yet started their careers to gain educational training and skills and secure jobs.In addition, the training opportunities most likely to lead to future employment will increase the Australian labor market. It helps me focus,” he says.
“National Skills Week plays a pivotal role in reinforcing and communicating key industry and government messages in an environment shaped by the fluid nature of skills requirements and ever-evolving technology.
“This initiative is designed to achieve truly transformative outcomes for the Australian people. You can quickly develop skills that can help build jobs, success and economies.”