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Young Australians being trained for dying jobs

Nearly 60 per cent of Australian students are being trained for occupations where at least two thirds of jobs will be automated in coming years, according to a new report.

The report by the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) found many of the jobs young people are currently being trained for could vanish in 10-15 years’ time.

The New Work Order finds that jobs of the future will be affected by automation, globalisation, and collaboration, through which more people will be engaged in flexible work with a range of employers to generate an income.

FYA CEO Jan Owen said the findings confirm the need for a comprehensive national investment in young Australians, to ensure the next generation is prepared for the economy of the future.

“This report shows that right now, around 70% of young Australians are getting their first job in roles that will either look very different or be completely lost in the next 10 – 15 years due to automation. Today’s 12 year old won’t have the same opportunities to get a start in the workforce,” Owen said.

“We need to provide our young people with a different set of skills – to allow them to navigate their way through a diverse employment journey that will include around five career changes and an average of 17 different jobs. We must start thinking differently about how we back young people for the jobs and careers of the future, so they don’t get stuck in the past.”

Owen said Australia needs a national enterprise learning strategy to provide young people with the skills, knowledge and ideas required for a 21st century economy. Enterprise learning involves a focus on core skills including: communication; financial literacy; digital literacy; project management; creativity; and innovation.

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