Preparing tomorrow’s workforce for a changing economy

26 September 2012 | Andrew Hodges, Regional Director for Emerging Markets, Asia Public Sector

In today’s digital economy, the way in which employees work has dramatically shifted across nearly every industry. The days of fax machines and landlines are in the rearview mirror, as we enter an exciting new era of technology in the workplace, which in itself has become a somewhat ambiguous concept with the rise of technologies that promote mobile and remote work. 

As the tools and platforms used in the workplace continue to advance, however, today’s workers must adapt to these technologies and develop the skills needed to stay current and marketable for future career opportunities. As Australia has recently seen, many low-skilled jobs are disappearing due to technology and organizational changes, demanding that employees retrain for more technology-oriented positions.

To handle this transition, Australia recently launched the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency (@AWP_Agency) to identify skills shortages in the nation and help to close the gap. The agency aims to be the leading authority on workforce development policy and help allocate funding to support skills development among its workforce to match industry demands. It’s been a fascinating and commendable effort to observe, and we look forward to seeing more updates coming out of this new agency, including its National Workforce Development Strategy, which is slated to be released later this year.

At Microsoft, workforce development is a top priority, and we’re proud to have long-standing partnerships with public sector organizations across the globe to help them identify ways to prepare their citizens for the challenges and technology demands of our increasingly digital economy. From our Microsoft Innovation Centers to a variety of other skills development programs, we invite you to learn how we’ve engaged with the public sector to empower and prepare workers for 21st century careers. 

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Andrew Hodges
Regional Director for Emerging Markets, Asia Public Sector

About the Author

Andrew Hodges | Regional Director for Emerging Markets, Asia Public Sector

With more than 30 years of experience in the IT industry, Andrew advises local, regional, and provincial governments in Asia on e-government strategies, innovation in government, and enhancing citizen services.