Employees look to employers and government for tech training

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New research from Salesforce has shown that 88 per cent of workers believe that all Australians should have equal access to technology training that will equip them for jobs of the future at no personal cost.

The report also highlighted that 62 per cent of workers believe they will need technology training within the next two years to keep their current position.

Salesforce says that businesses, particularly technology companies, have a unique responsibility in ensuring all workers have an equal opportunity to access the jobs of the future, focusing on the importance of easily accessible reskilling and a culture of lifelong learning.

According to the Salesforce online survey, workers look to employers (45 per cent) and government (40 per cent) rather than individuals (23 per cent) to fund this retaining.

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, while the majority of workers (69 per cent) say the type of course they are most likely to do if they want to improve their technology would be flexible online courses available on demand and self-paced with hands-on practical assessments.

The number-one barrier for accessing training to improve technology skills was cost (63 per cent), followed by lack of time to attend classes (51 per cent) and uncertainty regarding the type of training necessary (38 per cent).