JobGetter Partners with EY and Pearson on The Future of Work

JobGetter Partners with EY and Pearson on The Future of Work

Last week, we were delighted to co-host a lively and interesting discussion in Melbourne on the Future of Work.  David Barnett, Pearson Asia’s Pacific Managing Director told a room of education, industry and Government attendees that learners, teachers and industry leaders need not be afraid of the rapidly changing nature of work in Australia.

JobGetter’s Director of Workforce Data, Fiona Anson, EY’s Oceania Education Leader, Catherine Friday and David lead the discussion. They focussed on the future of the global workplace and the recent research commissioned by Pearson regarding trending changes in the education and employment sector.

“Using what we believe to be the most comprehensive and methodologically ambitious approach to investigating this issue, our analysis considered seven global mega-trends that will influence employment and skills in 2030,” Mr Barnett said.

JobGetter’s presentation on the jobs in demand in Australia and the growing trends around skills demand was enthusiastically received by the room with many questions about how education needs to adapt to employer demands being directed at a following panel session that comprised Fletcher Trowse from EY’s People Advisory Services, David, Fiona and Brijinder Marne, a recent graduate from the University of Melbourne and new recruit at EY.

What’s affecting work?

David highlighted recent UK and US research that highlighted the things that will affect jobs in the next decade.  These include: 

  • Globalisation;

  • Demographic change;

  • Environmental sustainability;

  • Urbanisation;

  • Increasing inequality;

  • Political uncertainty; and

  • Technological change

“The complexities and inter-relatedness of these global trends paint an extremely nuanced picture of what it will mean to be a worker in 2030,” he said.

“As an education services provider, we are focused on supporting our education systems both in Australia and overseas, to adapt rapidly to account for these new emergent skills and knowledge needs for the future of work.”

Our own CEO, Fiona Anson, highlighted JobGetter’s Australian research into skills in demand and, in particular, the move to employer demand for “soft” skills, as well as the growth industries and job demand in Australia.  In preparing people for the jobs of tomorrow, she said it was up to community, industry and educators to work together to prepare today’s students, graduates and post-graduates to embrace these challenges and opportunities.

“This research gives us real insight into how the job-seekers of tomorrow will be affected and how we need to educate them,” Fiona said.

Catherine Friday, EY’s Oceania Education leader, said education providers need to move rapidly to overhaul their business models and adapt course content and structure to meet the needs of a society and economy that is transforming.

“The nature of employment is changing rapidly. To remain relevant – and therefore sustainable – education providers need to stress a learner-focused, rather than faculty-focused, approach, collaborate closely with industry on innovation, and offer new formats such as unbundled degree programs.”

The panel was hosted at EY’s office in Melbourne.

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