The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC)* has published its Future Skills and Training Resource developed by Miles Morgan. The Resource is an innovative exploration of future ways of working and learning impacting Australia’s workplaces, through the lens of social media conversations.
Enhancing strategic thinking capacity to inform VET skills and training
The AISC commissioned the project to ensure that the traditional ways of informing the assessment of training needs (e.g. formal labour market data releases, economic and social reviews and forecast reports) were also complemented by emerging digital data sources. The project aims to ensure Australia’s VET sector has the most current information available on the potential impact and timing of global trends affecting skills and training needs.
Miles Morgan used a strategic foresight approach, which looks for signs of change (trends and megatrends) to develop a set of possible future scenarios. This approach has capacity enhancement at its core. Readers of the Resource are encouraged to use scenarios to help identify gaps and weaknesses in their current systems and start thinking strategically about possible solutions.
A practical ‘hitch-hiker’ guide to the world of workplace change
Once we applied a quality filter to the mined data, we reviewed social media (i.e. Twitter, LinkedIn, online news websites, blogs and forums) from North America, Australasia and the Eurozone to identify/describe global and national trends that are expected to impact skills and training needs relevant to the VET sector. The Resource describes key megatrends categorised under 5 key areas:
- Society and Culture;
- Business and Economics;
- Resources and Environment; &
- Political and Institutional.
It also provides details of VET relevant skills, learning and system trends. It combines these trends in different ways to form a series of possible future scenarios, with VET-related implications for employers/industry, learners, government, and the training system.
This resource is intended to stimulate discussion amongst Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) in considering future changes to Training Packages. In addition, broader VET stakeholders will find it useful for preparing their particular sectors to meet the future skills needs of business, learners and workers.
– p5, Future Skills and Training
The scenarios are designed to start national conversations about how global megatrends may affect Australia’s different industry sectors and the future skills and training implications.
*The AISC was established by COAG in 2015 to give industry a formal, expanded role in policy direction and decision-making for the vocational education and training sector. Members include industry leaders nominated by Commonwealth and state and territory ministers responsible for skills and training; a peak body representative (rotating between the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Business Council of Australia and the Australian Industry Group); and two ex-officio members (senior government officials).