Skills for job success
Ensuring staff have the right skills is integral to the workplace, Hannah Silverman reports.
TECHNOLOGY is driving exciting changes in the industry but employees still need to keep up with the evolution.
Business SA chief executive Peter Vaughan says employers and employees who are not up to date with all forms of media, technology and social networking will fall behind.
‘‘The ones who are doing it are the ones currently enjoying success in difficult times,’’ he says. Education, manufacturing and telecommunications are among the sectors most impacted by current change.
EMPLOYERS who understand the value in frequently upskilling are the winners in the forever-changing workforce. From secretaries to rocket scientists the truth is, if you want to stay in the game you have to keep up with technology.
Or, as Business SA chief executive Peter Vaughan puts it: ‘‘Technology and education and winning go hand in hand.’’
He stresses the importance of upskilling but says change shouldn’t be looked at as an enemy.
‘‘Any employee now and any employer who’s not up to date with all forms of media, technology and social networking is going to be behind the eight-ball and find themselves increasingly marginalised. The ones who are doing it are the ones currently enjoying success in difficult times,’’ he says.
Mr Vaughan says all sectors are affected by social, cultural and technological change. He cites education, public sector administration and manufacturing as industries largely affected by changes in technology. But he warns South Australia is not as advanced as the rest of the nation because we have fewer tertiary-qualified people per capita than any mainland state.
‘‘Unfortunately we’re not as well advanced as other states,’’ he says.
‘‘It’s a threat because one of the issues that we’ll have to confront in SA is a skills shortage created by the fact that we don’t have enough skilled people here and we don’t train enough, plus there are too many young people dropping out too early and we are not and have not been good at upskilling.’’
AME Recruitment senior consultant Adam Kennedy says it is not just technology that spurs change in industries.
‘‘Finance people need to keep pace with legislative changes because directors are demanding more reports and information,’’ Mr Kennedy says.
‘‘They’re managing cashflow a lot tighter, particularly at the moment because banks are demanding more from business.
‘‘Anyone competing in manufacturing and the commodity sector is also affected (by change) and the reason is we need to be able to do it faster, smarter, and cheaper to compete with imports.’’
He advises employees and jobseekers to ensure their skills are upto-date to give them a competitive edge in the market.
‘‘The benefits are obviously employability and transferability of skills,’’ he says.
‘‘When people learn and undertake courses, it’s as much about career planning as education.’’
Mr Kennedy says most candidates are aware of the skills needed for their chosen careers and those who are not qualified know they need to work harder to prove how valuable they are to secure a particular job.
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