Education and training for the future of WA's workforce

Education and training for the future of WA's workforce

Aug 6
How can the education system adapt to changing industry workforce needs and embrace the opportunities needed to help sustain and grow the WA economy? This event will explore the transformation of the education and training sector, ensuring it is ready for the future of work.
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Anne Driscoll, Director General, WA Department of Training and Workforce Development
Nicole Dwyer, Chief Executive Officer, Workskil Australia
Dr Simon Eassom, Executive General Manager - Education, CPA Australia
Nate Sturcke, Managing Director, Skills of the Modern Age

Event Overview

A recent survey by McKinsey & Company found that sixty per cent of new graduates were not adequately prepared for the workforce and that forty per cent of employers said that the lack of skills by applicants was the main reason for entry-level vacancies.

Business and industry are adapting to ensure their competitiveness in an uncertain environment. The very nature of employment is changing before them and being driven by global trends, new technologies and uncertainty around workforce participation and casualisation. How do we ensure we have an education system that supports and complements this dynamic shift?

The second event in CEDA WA’s future of work series examines short, medium and long-term opportunities for training and re-skilling a future-proofed workforce.
Experts will examine:
  • How current education and training institutions are preparing for emerging and evolving industries;
  • What skills are increasingly relevant and desired by future-focused businesses; and
  • Examples of successful industry and training institution cross-collaboration initiatives.

Event presentations

Nicole Dwyer, Workskil Australia PDF | MP3

Anne Driscoll, WA Department of Training and Workforce Development PDF | MP3

Dr Simon Eassom, CPA Australia PDF | MP3

Nate Sturcke, Skills of the Modern Age PDF | MP3

Moderated discussion MP3

Delegate handout PDF



Meet the speakers

Anne Driscoll
Director General, WA Department of Training and Workforce Development

Anne commenced in the role of Director General, WA Department of Training and Workforce Development in May 2017. Prior to this Anne was the Director General, Department of Commerce, a role she commenced in August 2015. Anne was Executive Director of the Consumer Protection Division for over seven years, where she also held the statutory position of Commissioner for Consumer Protection and Prices Commissioner. Since graduating from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in psychology and commerce, Ann has gained experience in numerous public sector roles. Before joining Consumer Protection Division’s executive management team in 1999, Anne worked in the employment and training sector for the Commonwealth Government for more than 20 years. Anne is currently a member of the Curtin University School of Management and Law Advisory Board.

Nicole Dwyer
Chief Executive Officer, Workskil Australia

Nicole is the current CEO and Board Member of Workskil Australia and has been in the role for six years. Workskil Australia is a national not-for-profit employment and community provider that delivers across Western Australia, South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria. Prior to this she worked at KPMG for eight years providing advisory services to the Government and NFP sectors in employment, education and Indigenous affairs. Nicole has a Master of Business Administration, Master of Social Science, Graduate Diploma of Education and Bachelor of Science (Psychology). Nicole is a current Board Member of the National Employment Services Association (NESA).

Dr Simon Eassom
Executive General Manager - Education, CPA Australia

Dr Simon Eassom is a proven thought leader and subject matter expert on the future of learning and the alignment of technology with business strategy for the higher education and corporate education sectors. He has over thirty years' experience as an academic and a business development executive delivering transformational projects as well as developing, consulting on, and selling innovative digital solutions for education.

He has been a leader in the adoption of AI, predictive analytics, blockchain, and the Internet-of-Things for the sector and has been instrumental in the creation of digital solutions at the leading edge of the transformation of learning. He has been a senior leader within the university sector, a global industry executive for one of the world's most iconic technology companies, and is currently Executive General Manager (Education) for the one of the largest professional member organisations for accountants and finance professionals.

Nate Sturcke
Managing Director, Skills of the Modern Age

Nate is a passionate educator and advocate of the local Perth startup and innovation community. He is currently the Managing Director of Skills of the Modern Age and SkillSocial, and has previously held senior roles at RAC, HealthEngine, Founder Institute and Startup Weekend. Over the last five years, Nate has helped upskill over 4000 entrepreneurs and innovators through Australia. In both 2017 and 2018, Nate was recognised by his peers and awarded the WA Startup Community award for his role in promoting early stage entrepreneurship and innovation throughout the state.

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