‘No job immune from automation’ – report

by Brett Henebery27 Jul 2017
A new report released today by the Foundation of Young Australians (FYA) has revealed that in the future no job will be immune to automation.

The New Work Smarts report analysed over 20 billion hours of work completed by 12 million Australian workers across 400 occupations each year to predict the skills and capabilities that will matter most in 2030.

The report shows that automation is going to change what we do in every job, in every occupation.
By 2030 The New Work Smarts report forecasts that young people, on average will spend 30% more time per week learning skills on the job, but 100% more time at work solving problems.

The report also says young people will spend 40% more time on critical thinking and judgement and over 77% more time using STEM skills, due to the increasing role that technology and automation is playing across the fastest growing industries.
Independent education policy think tank, Mitchell Institute at Victoria University, said the latest report by Foundation for Young Australians strengthens calls to transform education in Australia.
“It is becoming more and more difficult for young Australians to find meaningful jobs and today’s findings show that without bold education changes, this will only worsen in the future,” Mitchell Institute Director, Megan O’Connell, said.
“Traditional knowledge and job-specific skills alone are not enough to thrive in a global workforce that experiences constant change.
O’Connell said Australia is well placed to lead the way in incorporating capabilities in education, with Victoria one of the first places in the world to introduce formal assessment of capabilities.
“Mitchell Institute is working with the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority and international experts to learn how to best teach and assess capabilities in schools,” she said.
“The evidence for prioritising capabilities in education is clear, the groundwork for how to do this is underway right here in Australia, and we have a growing number of voices calling for this on a broader scale – including FYA today.”

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