Jobs of the Future Forum in Lake Macquarie

Shadow Minister for Communications Jason Clare will join Member for Charlton Pat Conroy and Member for Shortland Jill Hall at a forum in Argenton tonight to discuss Labor’s plan to create the ‘Jobs of the Future’ and how Lake Macquarie and Newcastle can best face the challenges and opportunities of the future economy.

According to a report on Australia’s future workforce released by the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) in June, forty per cent of Australian jobs are at risk of being replaced by machines over the next 15 years.

That is five million Australian jobs that are highly likely to not exist by the year 2030.

Digital disruption is going to destroy some jobs but it is also going to create new ones. The key is to have a workforce with the skills to do these new jobs.

“We are a region with an economy in transition and people are losing their jobs in traditional industries. It’s vitally important that we are prepared to meet the skills needs that the workplaces of the future will require,” Mr Conroy said.

To do the jobs of the future Australians need to be trained in the vital skills of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

Only Labor has a plan to help our kids prepare for the jobs of the future:

• Coding in Schools – ensuring our kids have the opportunity to learn the language of computers from an early age;
• Teaching STEM – training and upskilling our teachers to be capable and confident teaching STEM subjects;
• STEM Future Workforce – giving 100,000 young Australians the opportunity to graduate from STEM degrees without a HECS debt, with a focus on incentivising students from under-represented groups to get STEM qualifications; and
• Smart Investment Fund – supporting great Australian ideas to become new businesses with access to early stage venture capital funding.

“Stakeholders from across the region have been invited to this forum, from the education and services sectors and from a range of industries, as well as business and employer representative bodies and unions, and the general public,” Ms Hall said.

Tony Abbott and the Liberals are stuck in the past. They don’t understand the importance of preparing Australian kids for the jobs of the future.

Only Labor has a plan to educate and train our kids to thrive in a digital world – Jason Clare, Pat Conroy and Jill Hall will discuss that plan with residents tonight.

FRIDAY, 17 JULY 2015