What’s changed? The bigger picture
The skills for the future emphasis began in 2016 with the introduction of megatrends, the Infotronics Age, and predictions of what will be necessary to adapt, survive, and thrive. At the time it was difficult to project to the future and grasp if, and how these forecasts may influence the work we do and the the work experienced by VET graduates.
Reflect on the work you do. Look at the frequency and processes used to communicate with colleagues and learners in close proximity, in distant regions of the nation, or overseas. What has changed? What has changed with practices and the emphasis on underpinning foundation skills within the industry you represent. What do employers want graduates to be able to do?
The following resources convey snapshot messages of complex scenarios for stakeholders in the education sector, including adult and vocational education and training. The subtle difference is that now three years of change has occurred, messages affecting skills required by graduates and trainers have emerged, alongside what is needed to achieve these objectives.
As you view or read each vignette, we encourage you to:
- dig deep into the resources and its messages.
- identify the embedded messages related to foundation skills.
Then, initiate conversation and discussion with colleagues, or your professional networks. Ask:
- What’s really important here and what does it suggest for professional practice?
- What aspect/s can I impact, or activate change within
- What are the impacts for learners and graduates if these forecasts are ignored?
1 A new vision for education
The initial image is misleading – this is not about primary school children. This World Economic Forum video exposes the challenges and changes ahead. The content reveals an array of aspects that will influence current and future thinking of all stakeholders in education. From relevancy of the education experience, to enabling individuals to structure their own learning outcomes, and the demand for soft skills – the social emotional or character skills – it’s all there.
This raises many questions, each worthy of discussion – for our future (the trainer) and the future for our learners.
2 Meeting the challenge: VET training – it’s right now
This DET video (on the My Skills site) starts with ‘ the world of work is changing faster than ever …’. Listen to the following cross-section of training and employer voices as they share expectations and predictions about the skills workers need and the imperative for training to keep pace with industry developments.
- Sara Caplan, CEO, PwC Skills for Australia
- Mick Anstey, General Manager of People, Health Safety and Environment, Roy Hill
- Michelle Hoad, Managing Director, North Metropolitan TAFE
- Lori Tyrrell, Head of People and Culture, Health Engine
- David Fyfe, Executive Manager, Western Power
3 A new vision for teachers (trainers) – OECD
The OECD has opened discussion about preparing teachers for the 21st century challenges.
A common lament is that the chance to focus on instruction, delivery and meeting the the trainers’ professional development needs or interests can be steamrolled by the focus on compliance.
The OECD post emphasises the need to address the needs of the trainer – to bridge the gap between what is intended and desired with what is currently supported and available.
“There is a growing recognition that in order for teaching and learning to be most effective, teachers need to have high levels of well-being, self-efficacy and confidence. How can governments, in partnership with teachers’ unions, create evidence-informed strategies on well-being, efficacy and effectiveness as part of their teacher policies?”
https://tinyurl.com/ybvovpmj accessed 19/4/18
Has your rto initiated a discussion with this focus in mind?
4 Skilling our future workforce
The NCVER VOCED Plus titled Focus on Skilling our Future Workforce offers a comprehensive overview of the skill changes experienced and predicted in the 21st century employment landscape. If you’re interested in a snapshot of current international and local reports that drive the key messages about skills required now – for now and the future – then read this.
Specific attention is paid to the skills that are needed, and the skills needed to prepare young people and existing workers.
“…the life cycle of skills is now shorter than ever and the scale of change is unprecedented.”
…”importance of entrepreneurial skills and aptitudes ‘…
soft skill intensive occupations will account for two thirds of all jobs by 2030
Deloitte Soft Skills for Business success. Adapted from pps 2 &17
What are soft skills? Non-technical skills, transferable skills, enterprise skills
|Competencies : How workers approach complex issues||Character qualities: How workers approach the changing environment|
|Critical thinking & problem solving||Curiosity & initiative|
|Creativity||Persistence/grit & adaptability|
|Communication & collaboration||Leadership|
|Social & cultural awareness|
Deloitte Soft Skills for Business success. p 4
Where and how do you build learners’ soft skills within training?
ASQA Briefings 2018
We thought it important to bring this to your attention. The 2017 ASQA briefings signalled the importance of paying attention to foundation skills – particularly in assessment.
What may be revealed in the 2018 ASQA trainer briefings about foundation skills . Don’t be the last to find out. Keep a step ahead. May is the month the ASQA Trainer briefings start.
Don’t overlook this opportunity to hear from the source about issues or outcomes that may result in a shift in emphasis, or change in approach.
Click here to access the ASQA registration page.