Established in July last year, the National Skills Commission’s role is to provide advice and leadership on Australia’s labour market and current, emerging and future workforce skills needs.

One of the three primary focus areas for the Commission is around aligning skill development with labour market needs. The training ‘industry’ has engaged in many iterations of this thinking, responding to the need to work with industry to create learning pathways that produce employable graduates.

As we already know, the three areas where graduates will be most valuable to employers will be working in caring, computing and creating roles. These three concepts of work will be relevant across many employment sectors – it is the job of training organisations to provide learning experiences to match industry demand.

Training organisations are also pivoting very quickly to provide online learning experiences, across all subject areas. The competition for new students is not only focused on delivering relevant content, but also the way in which it is delivered. The incoming University of Sydney vice-chancellor Mark Scott suggests that:

“Digital” education will redefine how students view and select universities. It may allow for more personalised learning paths, lifelong and more accessible learning, upskilling for employment and a more remote and diverse body of students.

Taking all this into account, apart from pursuing their interests when considering post school study pathways, our students also need to explore how training organisations are preparing them for work, and how these organisations are using technology to make their learning not just accessible, but engaging and industry-relevant.

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