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Risks and rewards in accelerating technology and social shifts

Accelerating technology and social shifts are driving massive change in the economy, with fast-paced innovation transforming industries old and new and generating tremendous new opportunities for value creation. But Australian Students are at risk of being left behind, according to a just-released Commonwealth Bank Jobs of the future report.

In the report's introduction, futurist Ross Dawson describes a near-future very different world for employment opportunities. Rising connectivity is continuing to enable digital disruption and more jobs now than ever before can be performed anywhere in the world. Meanwhile the rise of machine capabilities is beginning to impact a number of specific tasks.

The capabilities and skills that will be most valued are changing and skills in the disciplines of the future are science, technology, engineering and mathematics. In fact, the forecast shows that 45 per cent of employers are seeking to increase STEM qualified staff over the next five to 10 years.

But Australian education has fallen behind the skills demand. There has been a steady decline in maths and science literacy among 15-year-olds. In maths literacy, Australia has declined from being one of the highest performing countries in 2000 to performing little better than the OECD average in 2018. There are also fewer STEM qualifications at tertiary level, with particularly low participation among female students.

The report profiles three 2017 Commonwealth Bank Teaching Award Fellows, Master Teacher Sarah Matthews at Bayside State College Qld; Deputy Principal of Park State High School, Qld; and Chad Bliss Principal of the Canobolas Rural Technology High School, NSW.


11 Nov 2017 | Melbourne, VIC
Study finds boys could benefit from greater number of girls in schools News Image

Studying the reading test scores of more than 200,000 15-year-olds from over 8000 mixed-sex schools around the world, researchers discovered that boys’ performance was significantly better in schools where more than 60% of the pupils were girls. Read More

10 Nov 2017 | Melbourne, VIC
100 scholarships for teachers in RMIT App Development with Swift online program News Image

100 online scholarships for teachers are on offer as part of the new RMIT App Development with Swift curriculum. The Online program starts on 20 November while a new vocational education short course will be taught on campus from February 2018. Read More

9 Nov 2017 | Sydney, NSW
Science experts 'walk the talk' to improve primary STEM learning News Image

The involvement of community science experts in primary school classrooms can transform students’ views about and understanding of science. Bringing in science and engineering experts who 'walk the talk of science' helps students understand the processes of scientific inquiry and their value to social progress. Read More                 

9 Nov 2017 | Australia
High schoolers take on futuristic space design challenge News Image

Ten high schools from Australia and New Zealand are one step closer to representing the Australasian region at the International Space Settlement Competition at Kennedy Space Centre as Space Design Competitions Australia announces finalists for the 2017 Australian Space Design Competition. Read More

9 Nov 2017 | Brisbane, Qld
ClassCoach Maths tutoring will help rural and remote students News Image

Two UQ Business School MBA Graduates have launched ClassCoach, an online Maths tutoring system with the aim of helping rural and remote school students and young adults that are struggling with Maths and will benefit from one-to-one interactive tutoring. Read More