05 July 2016
Reports have shown that within 10-15 years, nearly 40% of Australian jobs will be automated.
This has prompted the Federal Government, schools and private industries to collaborate in a push to improve students’ Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education and ensure they’re ready for the jobs of the future.
The recent opening of two Pathways in Technology (or P-Tech) schools in Victoria is delivering new STEM opportunities to students and bridging the school-university divide. The P-Tech model allows private sector employers to partner with a school to provide STEM skills to students who are interested in learning, or improving, skills in these fields.
Other initiatives such as Full STEAM Ahead, Tournament of the Minds (TOM), Code.org and the Lumifold program, are being rolled out across Australia to provide students and teachers with the theoretical and practical skills needed to close this gap.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda is encouraging a stronger focus on STEM education in schools, as well as school-business partnerships to provide exclusive training and education in these fields.
But some warn that technology is taking on professions once seen as safe from automation, such as law, accountancy and banking.