Critical workforces need our help! Charles Sturt’s new podcast series explores skills shortages

  • Charles Sturt University’s 2022 podcast series focuses on skills shortages in critical workforces
  • Episodes cover nursing, elderly care, teaching, farming, cybersecurity and more
  • Hear from experts leading their industry

A new podcast series from Charles Sturt University explores the country’s critical skills shortages and draws on decades of experience and expertise to ask and answer questions: How Australia can generate more essential workers ?

The 2022 Charles Sturt Podcast Series, Critical workforce, features commentary from experts at the top of their field, with episodes exploring nursing; elderly care; education; agriculture; cyber security; cultural competency to work with First Nations; and intersectionality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Experts share decades of wisdom and experience on what it’s like to work in these essential industries, giving first-hand accounts of workforce satisfaction, but also the urgent need for more people are joining these sectors that are already at breaking point.

Maree Bernoth, associate professor of nursing at Charles Sturt University, offered her expert insights during the episode on caring for the elderly. Associate Professor Bernoth has been involved in the residential aged care sector as a registered nurse and academic for over 37 years.

“There has never been a more important time to promote our core workforce,” said Associate Professor Bernoth.

“There are about 35,000 people missing older workers every year. In my episode, I wanted to share a very real portrayal of the satisfaction and empowerment of working with seniors to motivate people to join the sector and reduce this workforce gap.

“The work of caring for the elderly is constantly evolving and really challenges you. As an Aged Care Nurse, you make a huge difference in the lives of residents and clients because you are largely an independent practitioner.

Charles Sturt’s lecturer at the School of Education, Dr Libbey Murray, said the podcast series was a fantastic way to consolidate years of experience and advice from seasoned practitioners representing some of the most essential industries in the society.

“I focus on the teacher shortage and how Charles Sturt is helping teacher aides become qualified teachers sooner through the Collaborative Teacher’s Aide Pathway (CTAP),” Dr. Murray said.

“This pathway recognizes the prior experience of teaching assistants of time already spent in the classroom, giving credit for various subjects that accelerates the achievement of a teaching diploma to Charles Sturt, without compromising the credentials of our graduates.

Research Professor of Agriculture at the Charles Sturt School of Agricultural, Environmental and Veterinary Sciences Professor Jim Pratley has over fifty years in the agricultural industry and has seen it grow into what it is today.

“I was very pleased to take part in this series to give anyone considering a career in agriculture a first-hand account of the modern agricultural sector and all the exciting and lucrative career opportunities,” said the professor. Pratly.

“Many do not realize that jobs on farms represent only about a quarter of jobs in the sector!

“There are thousands of jobs based in major cities and regional centers, and with the skills shortage, there are at least three to four jobs available for every agriculture graduate, and the average starting salary is $70,000 or more!” said Professor Pratley.

Associate professor of computer science at the Charles Sturt School of Computing, Mathematics and Engineering, and head of the cybersecurity research group, Dr Rafiqul Islam said the relocation of many workforces working from home since the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly heightened the urgency for greater cybersecurity. professionals.

“Cybersecurity is a very rapidly changing industry, with hackers and security vendors competing to outwit each other,” Dr Islam said.

“Working from home poses new cybersecurity risks, as home offices are often less protected than centralized offices in terms of secure firewalls, routers and access management typically managed by IT security teams, cybercriminals are adapting their tactics to exploit them.”

There are seven episodes in the Charles Sturt 2022 Critical workforce podcast series. Featured episodes and guests include:

Episode 1. “Dealing with the Elder Care Crisis”, with:

Episode 2. “Accelerated Teachers,‘ with:

Episode 3. More AI than RM; “lucrative careers in agriculture”, with:

Episode 4. “Helping Nurses Save Lives” with:

Episode 5. ‘Stereotypes sting. Understand intersectionality, diversity and inclusion,‘ with:

Episode 6. “Developing Cultural Competence for Working with First Nations, with:

Episode 7. “Call the help desk, we’re under attack – cybersecurity”, with:

The full series is available here from Wednesday, September 28, 2022.


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