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Forum: future-proofing Australia’s workforce through STEM

The Australian economy is fundamentally changing as the world embraces technology and the digital economy. Modelling in the recent report  A Smart Move suggests a $54 billion windfall if we increase the number of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) trained employees by one per cent, but requires innovation and a pool of skilled workers ready to exploit this opportunity. This provides a major challenge for our industry and education sectors.

As a nation we can’t afford to do nothing. At a time when nearly five million jobs are at risk from digital disruption, the number of students completing STEM programs has fallen.

Watch as an expert panelist discuss the opportunities STEM offers and how industry and education sectors can better work together to create the demand for STEM careers and build Australia’s skills and capabilities for the digital era.

Forum panelists:

  • Tony Peake, National Managing partner PwC
  • Dr Roslyn Prinsley, National Adviser Mathematics and Science Education and Industry, Office of the Chief Scientist
  • Megan Lilly, Head of Workforce Development AIG
  • Gai Beecher, Principal, Gunghalan College, ACT Education
  • Tom Burton (moderator) Publisher of The Mandarin


Author Bio

Tom Burton

Tom Burton is publisher of The Mandarin based in Melbourne. He has served in various public administration roles, specialising in the media and communications sector. He was a Walkley Award-winning journalist and executive editor of The Sydney Morning Herald. He worked as Canberra bureau chief for the Australian Financial Review and as managing editor of smh.com.au. He most recently worked at the Australian Communications and Media Authority.