By NextGen Jobs Future Workforce Consultant Leanne Motta-Marques
The 21st century workforce is fast-paced and constantly evolving. Emerging technologies such as automation, robotics and artificial intelligence are causing significant disruption across all industries. Therefore, the types of jobs and skillsets required to perform both new and existing jobs are changing. So, how can you ensure your business has a pipeline of talent with the skills they need to thrive in the 21st century workforce?
The answer is vocational education and training (VET). Through mentored apprenticeship and traineeship programs, your business can quickly and effectively develop a workforce with a relevant and fit-for-purpose skillset.
If you think apprenticeships are just for the construction and hairdressing industries – think again. I recently attended the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry AFLW lunch. Here, Apprenticeship Support Australia and their newest brand ambassador, AFLW superstar Maddie Shevlin shared the message that “any business in any industry can hire an apprentice or trainee.”
This is truer now more than ever before. At NextGen Jobs, we are seeing an increasing number of businesses using VET as an effective way to equip their workforce with the transferable skills they need to thrive now and in the future.
“Any business in any industry can hire an apprentice or trainee.”
At NextGen Jobs, we work with a wide variety of businesses to deliver modern apprenticeship and traineeship programs in industries such as: Information Technology (including cybersecurity), Business and Health Administration Digital Media, Food Science Technology, Land and Conservation, 3D printing and other high-tech or emerging areas.
From the Wiradjuri tribe of Central NSW, Kai Ellison has recently commenced a NextGen Jobs Information Technology Traineeship at the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. Kai has always been interested in IT. He chose to do a traineeship as he is more of a hands-on learner, and wants to ensure he keeps up with the latest industry knowledge.
“Everything is getting impacted by technology, so if you don’t understand IT, in the next few years, you’re going to be left behind,” Kai says.
And Kai is onto something. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) estimates that in coming decades approximately 14 per cent of current jobs are at high risk of automation, while another 32 per cent are likely to be affected by significant modifications, changing how jobs are carried out. In our increasingly digitised world, IT skills will be critical for the vast majority of workers.
At NextGen Jobs, we specialise in jobs of the future. Get in touch with us today to discuss how we can partner with you to create a sustainable talent pipeline that will thrive in the market now and in the future.