The appointment of Professor Peter Dawkins AO as Acting Director of Jobs and Skills Australia (JSA) is recognition by the Albanian government of the important role that universities will play in providing the skilled workforce that Australia requires.
Group of Eight (Go8) chief executive Vicki Thomson said the Go8 had long called for a strong voice to lead the JSA and that the government had delivered on its promises.
“Professor Dawkins is a former Vice-Chancellor and leading authority on education, social and economic policy, and the Go8 looks forward to working closely with him to identify what needs to be done to solve our education, social and economic policy crisis. skills,” said Ms. Thomson.
“The future of work is increasingly focused on highly developed technical skills and the application of new technologies. This will require a shared partnership across the post-secondary sector. Professor Dawkins is well placed to guide this during the first phase of the JSA.
“The teaching and research carried out in our universities creates a larger, better educated and more productive workforce, raises incomes and living standards and creates more opportunities for more Australians to participate in the ‘use.
“We also know that rapid technological change in all sectors of the economy has led to unprecedented demand for a highly skilled workforce. The National Skills Commission has predicted that job growth will be highest in service industries and in jobs requiring higher level qualifications.
“More than nine in 10 jobs to be created will require post-secondary education – science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) jobs are expected to grow 12.9%, twice as fast as non-STEM jobs at 6.2% hundred.
“Australia needs the advanced skills taught in our research universities and it makes sense for universities to be part of the JSA’s future agenda.
“Go8 Universities train 110,000 high-quality future employees every year, whose education is underpinned by an intensive research environment – be they doctors, engineers, lawyers, AI graduates, space, quantum computing and cybersecurity – all of which are in high demand by existing and emerging industries.
“The government’s commitment to addressing the skills crisis through the JSA and recognizing the critical role of universities bodes well for the future social and economic prosperity of the country,” said Ms. Thomson.