Jobs and Skills Australia (JSA) was established in November 2022. Its central role is to advise government and other stakeholders in the national skills system of Australia’s skills needs and the ability of the training system to meet those needs. JSA recently released the Jobs and Skills Report for 2023.
In this report, trends shaping the economy and the workforce have been highlighted. Digital transformation still persists as a key consideration, either for automation purposes or digital literacy capabilities of workers, not to mention the potential of the rapidly evolving power of artificial intelligence.
The net zero transformation is another major focus, with significant opportunities for this to influence the current and future workforce.
Skills shortages are still evident, with 50% of occupations in the trade and technician category experiencing national shortages. Shortages in regional areas tend to be more pronounced, and occupations with a strong gender imbalance were more likely to suffer from shortages.
Over the next ten years, the areas anticipated to have the highest growth are professionals, managers, and community and personal service workers. More than 9 out of 10 (around 92%) new jobs are anticipated to require post-secondary education1.
The clean energy economy featured highly in the report, with sectors related to clean energy supply, demand and enabling among the sectors with the strongest anticipated employment growth.
Training and education is vital to support this anticipated growth, with increases required in the number of apprentices undertaking training, particularly in the electrical and related trades. This will also need to be supported by improved completion rates at both apprenticeship and higher education levels. To achieve this, teachers and trainers with clean energy experience will be critical, as well as ensuring there are stronger links between higher education, industry and the VET sector.
Public perceptions, and the status of the VET sector in relation to higher education, is a key challenge that has been identified and work in this area is already underway.
The new National Skills Agreement aims to start addressing the issue of resourcing so that VET can improve in its ability to meet future skill needs. The introduction of Jobs Skills Councils is an attempt to address issues around the content of qualifications and the time that it can take to update these. It is anticipated that addressing these issues will support the VET sector and increase its flexibility to meet the highlighted demands of the Australian economy.
To read the report visit Jobs and Skills Australia.