National Skills Week Reveals Digital Skills Requirements at an All-Time High

National Skills Week Chair Brian Wexham highlighted the importance for young people and job seekers to learn digital skills to lay the foundation for a satisfying and successful career.

“Digital is everywhere. It shouldn’t be seen as just IT. As technology continues its rapid ascent, digital skills needs are inserting themselves into every aspect of our lives,” said Wexham.

The federal government estimates that 87% of current jobs across all sectors and industries in Australia now require digital literacy (source: McKinsey Global Survey, February 2020).

Additionally, the government’s Digital Economy Strategy 2030 predicts that 250,000 new jobs will be created by 2025 through digitalization. The government is investing in the settings, infrastructure and incentives to grow Australia’s digital economy.

The Digital Skills Organization (DSO) works together with employers, trainers and learners to create more open and consistent digital skills-based pathways to create a better digital future.

According to Patrick Kidd, CEO of the DSO, digital skills are as important as reading and writing.

“Australia has an annual need for 60,000 new digital workers over the next five years. In addition, over this period, almost 90% of Australian workers will need digital skills.”

The DSO has developed initiatives such as an interactive Digiskills Academy, to help young people discover the wide range of digital skills needed and see which digital career paths may interest them.

Technology and digital careers offer better paid jobs with greater flexibility and a pay gap of only around 3% between university graduates and vocational training (VET) graduates.

Australia will need 653,000 more tech workers by the end of the decade, with tech being the seventh largest employer in the economy – there are more engineers and software developers in Australia than lawyers, plumbers or hairdressers according to an Accenture study.

Beyond the tech sector, every person in every industry, from retail to agriculture, needs to learn seven new digital skills by 2025 to keep pace with change, according to Alpha Beta Report 2020.

“Given the wide range and portability of digital skills, VET has an important role to play – our VET sector is open and accessible to everyone, regardless of background,” added Wexham.

Now in its twelfth year, National Skills Week 2022 is being held August 22-28 with this year’s theme “A Universe of Skills”. This theme aims to encourage people to go beyond their imagination to discover careers, pathways and opportunities in skills and VET that they may not have known about or had never had before. not thought.

Another key objective is to identify and highlight the industries with the most in-demand jobs in the future as well as the sectors that are expected to see the greatest growth in the coming years, to ensure that Australians have the skills they need to secure those jobs and maintain their long-term stability. – fixed-term employment.

“It is essential that young school leavers, job seekers, parents and career changers are informed about the jobs of the future and the most critical skills shortages and employment needs in Australia. “, said Wexham.

“This will ensure that our young people, who have not yet started their careers, will be able to acquire training and skills in the field of education, which will secure them employment. In addition, it will help channel the Australian labor market into training opportunities that are most likely to lead to future employment.

“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-changing technologies. This initiative is designed to achieve real, transformative results for Australians – to inspire people to undertake the active and participatory education and training that VET provides, resulting in skills that can generate immediate rewards in jobs, success and help build our economy.

Valerie J. Wallis