Salesforce has released the results of new research it commissioned from YouGov Galaxy on Australian workers’ experiences and expectations on training for the jobs of the future.
The research shows that almost nine in 10 workers believe that they should not have to carry the cost of access to technology training.
Commissioned by Salesforce, an online survey by YouGov Galaxy of 1001 workers found:
- The majority of workers (88 per cent) believe that all Australians should have equal access to technology training that will equip them for jobs of the future at no cost.
- Workers look to employers (45 per cent) and government (40 per cent), rather than individuals (23 per cent) to fund this retraining.
- The vast majority (95 per cent) of workers believe Australian employers, universities, training providers and technology companies need to collaborate more closely to prepare workers for jobs of the future.
- The majority of workers (69 per cent) say the type of course they are most likely to do if they wanted to improve their technology skills for jobs of the future would be flexible online courses available on demand and self-paced with hands-on practical assessments.
- Cost (63 per cent) is nominated by Australian workers as the number one barrier to accessing training to improve their technology skills. The other two main barriers are a lack of time to attend classes (51 per cent) and uncertainty as to what type of training they should be doing (38 per cent).
- When it comes to performance in training people in technologies relevant to jobs of the future workers say schools and tertiary institutions have done a better job than employers and the government.