Digital skills changing employment
By Heather Catchpole
Basic maths and digital skills are poor in people currently in employment, with 55% of Australians coming in with a low numeracy score, according to the Australian Industry Group.
This is particularly critical because at the same time, expansion of digital skills and technological advances are changing the nature of employment, they say.
Digital skills are essential to a range of jobs today. And with many of the jobs of tomorrow coming from completely new areas, these skills can help to prepare students today for an uncertain career path.
Yet the digital skills report today reveal that Australia has significant numbers of working age adults below the minimum required levels of literacy and numeracy.
“The Australian economy continues to evolve towards the digital economy requiring increasingly more sophisticated skills within the workforce,” says AusIndustry Group Innes Willox.
“The demands of the economy keep increasing and are becoming more complex. We need a highly skilled workforce to meet these challenges. We cannot delay on this important national imperative any longer.”
Digital careers can lead to a range of surprising career options in:
Author: Heather Catchpole
Heather co-founded Careers with STEM publisher Refraction Media. She loves storytelling, Asian food & dogs and has reported on science stories from live volcanoes and fossil digs