Are you ready for the new work order?

With about 70 per cent of young Australians getting their first job in roles that will either look very different or completely lost in the next 10 to 15 years due to automation, employers should look beyond task oriented skills when training their workforce.

The Foundation for Young Australians report titled ‘The new work order: Ensuring young Australians have skills and experience for the jobs of the future’, highlights the need for more than vocation specific skills and knowledge. It argues that workers who are digitally literate, financially savvy, innovative and adaptable, will drive our economy and social progress in the future.

A report by CEDA (Committee for Economic and Development Australia) released in June 2015 takes a similar stance. It found that the increasing role of technology in the workplace will require employees to undertake tasks that are less routine and not readily automated. These include critical thinking, complex problem solving, teamwork and interpersonal negotiation skills.

Our approach to teaching and learning at Chisholm Institute is no different – aligning our Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses with industry needs while equipping our graduates with knowledge and skills that allow them to effectively operate in the 21st Century workplace.

A highly skilled workforce is a unique selling proposition for a market leader in ensuring business sustainability and growth.

The collaboration between training provider and company as partners in designing content that addresses business pain points, is crucial for the success of the program. Not all training needs are immediately apparent and the strategy adopted must be a good fit for the business. Some important questions to ask: Are there bespoke accredited programs? Is scheduling flexible? Can training be delivered on-site? What about Just In Time Training where training is received at the time when particular skills are required?

Just as important is the delivery of a program. The new work order report made a distinction between vocational and enterprising skills where the latter are transferrable and a powerful predictor of long-term job success and performance. It said an enterprising education would provide education in ways people want to learn such as through experience, immersion and with peers.

Our pedagogy acknowledges that participants have life skills and knowledge they bring to training. By adopting ‘FLIP’ learning that reverses the traditional classroom model to deliver content using workshops, discussions and activities, participants can explore topics in greater depth and engage using more meaningful learning opportunities. By using problem based learning where participants identify a real workplace challenge, develop and then implement solutions, we are providing the “enterprising education” that our workforce requires for the new work order.