The Future of Youth Skills & Employment conference brings together the key government, community and education stakeholders responsible for supporting the next generation of Australians into meaningful and sustainable work in our changing economy.
Attend & learn strategies for:
- Embracing the future of automation & the changing workplace
- Strengthening youth support & access to emerging opportunities
- Developing new pathways for vulnerable or disengaged youth
- Driving education in entrepreneurship & transferrable skill-sets
- Fostering outcomes-focused partnerships between industry, education & community
Representatives from government, education & community sectors with
- Skills & Employment Services
- Vocational Education & Training (VET)
- Youth Support & Engagement
- Education Pathways & Transitions
- Careers Advice
- Industry Partnerships
Attend to learn:
- Embrace the future of automation & the changing workplace
- Improve access to information & emerging opportunities
- Develop new pathways for vulnerable or disengaged youth
- Drive education in entrepreneurship & transferrable skill-sets
Centre for the Future Academy & Global Foresight Network
Michael (Mike) McAllum is the inaugural Chief Steward of the Centre for the Future’s Academy of Scholars. The purpose of this global Academy is to reflect on and reconceptualise the nature of diverse world systems that extend beyond and outside the structure that frames our current collective world view. This work is integral to the Centre’s intent to help design and realise a world that works for everyone and in so doing enables humanity to evolve more consciously.
Mike is internationally recognized as a critical thinker in the systemic shift from a dominant mechanistic socio-economic world to an emergent networked, diverse, post normal and sustainable future. As a speaker, author and facilitator consultant, he works predominantly with Asia-Pacific organisations, cities and regions as they confront conditions of increasing uncertainty and complexity. He seeks to explore in plain language the nature of issues that have created such situations and the potential pathways available.
Mike’s PhD is the only critique of Jeremy Rifkin’s Third Industrial Revolution and the socio-economic transformational possibilities of time, form and space it proposes. As part of this work, his theorizing on the nature of macro social transformation and post capitalism has attracted significant global interest. He was one of the originators of the concept of strategic foresight and the articulation of both the theory and practice that converged futures and strategic thinking. One of the early examples of this work included the design and leadership of a future options and directions process for every sector in society known as the NZ Foresight Project.
A New Zealander now based in Melbourne Australia, Mike has worked with a broad spectrum of public and private sector entities. This has included work on future strategies for global food producers, preparing senior managers from some of the world’s largest companies to lead unthinkable change, developing an understanding of strategic option spaces development in the radically changing financial and professional services sector, repositioning universities and research institutes and the development of overarching policy narratives for governments at the highest level. Mike is part of the Oxford Forum for the Future, is a foundation member of the Association of Professional Futurists, teaches strategy for Directors at the Australian Institute of Company Directors Mastery of the Boardroom Program and has been an expert commentator in a number of global reports (including the UK’s Shape of Jobs to Come) and documentary’s (e.g. Discovery Channel’s The Future Makers). He previously occupied leadership positions in the NZ Dairy Industry and was an Executive Board Member of the Global Council of YMCAs with a special interest in development and refugee programs.
Mike acts as a mentor advisor to a number of corporate strategy and future direction groups. He is the founder of the Global Foresight Network and is a Director of the global consulting firm Hames McGregor & Partners. His published work on 21st. Century design and strategy has included Designing Better Futures for a Sustainable World and Strategic Foresight: The Power of Standing in the Future. He is currently working on books about Understanding Ideas That Seek To Change the World (forthcoming mid 2018) and Post Capitalist Possibilities (forthcoming end of 2018).
Foundation for Young Australians
Jan is a highly regarded social entrepreneur, innovator, influencer and author who has spent the past 25 years growing Australia’s youth, social enterprise and innovation sectors.
In 2012 she was named Australia’s inaugural Australian Financial Review and Westpac Woman of Influence; in 2014 she received the Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) from the University of Sydney; and was awarded membership to the Order of Australia in 2000. She is the author of Every Childhood Lasts a Lifetime (1996) and The Future Chasers (2014). Jan is the CEO of the Foundation for Young Australians and YLab, the global youth futures lab. Her lifelong mission is to unleash the potential of young people to lead positive change in the world.
NSW Department of Education
Kathleen Donohoe has held a number of senior positions within NSW, Ireland and the United Kingdom across Secondary, Tertiary and Vocational education. She was appointed as Director of Futures Learning in April 2016.
Her career in education began as a secondary teacher in 1994 and her subsequent appointments have included curriculum development, assessment development, Lecturer, Programme Development Executive and Learning Space Manager for organisations across the world including the European Union, UNESCO and the DVC(E) at the University of Sydney.
Currently as Director, Futures Learning, her key responsibilities include leading innovation in teaching and learning through the use of space and technology, informed by progressive professional practice to deliver quality outcomes. Her team provide high level leadership, strategic advice and direction for the development of future professional practice within the school sector, ensuring high quality design and delivery in order to reposition NSW public schools as innovative leaders.
Kathleen has a strong commitment to research and evidence based approaches to emerging learning and teaching practices. Throughout Kathleen’s career she has maintained a focus on the importance of building the professional knowledge and practice of educators. She continually leads the improvement in quality teaching to inspire learning, innovation and engagement to meet the educational challenges of the future.
University of Adelaide
Professor Peter Rathjen commenced as the University of Adelaide’s 22nd Vice-Chancellor and President on 8 January 2018. He is an Australian scientist and medical researcher internationally recognised in stem cell science. Professor Rathjen studied as an undergraduate in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Adelaide. As a 1985 Rhodes Scholar Professor Rathjen undertook a DPhil at Oxford University. Professor Rathjen returned to South Australia and the University of Adelaide, where he worked as a Lecturer in Biochemistry from 1990 to 1995, then became Head of the Department of Molecular Biosciences in 2000, and Foundation Executive Dean of the Faculty of Sciences in 2002, a role he held until 2006. Professor Rathjen was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Science at the University of Melbourne in 2006; and from 2008 to 2011 he served as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research). In 2011, he was appointed as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Tasmania, a role he held until October 2017.
What People Are Saying
“Our young people aren’t being properly prepared for these shifts – in fact many are already being left behind.”Foundation for Young Australians, July 2017
Date: 1 Dec 2017 By: Fiona Campbell
To be equipped for the jobs of tomorrow the youth of today need to learn new transferable entrepreneurial skills to succeed. This means a stronger focus on educators to cultivate entrepreneurial education. But many struggle to find the right resources to engage and inspire disengaged youth. Many youths find the thought of running their own …
Date: 3 Nov 2017 By: Lauren Perry
In a 2016 report published by The World Economic Forum, The Future of Jobs, it is estimated that 5 million jobs will be lost to automation by 2020, and that the number will continue to rise. As a young Australian who has invested a lot into two undergraduate degrees and is carrying a pretty hefty …
Date: 25 Nov 2015 By: Jessica Farrelly
Poor STEM skills among graduates is contributing to the growing youth unemployment rate in Australia according to a new report by PwC. Australia has slipped four places to 17th in the OECD rankings for employment of under 25s, with data from the PwC Young Workers Index indicating a downward trend in STEM skills, particularly math, …
Date: 23 Nov 2015 By: Turkan Aksoy
Youth StepUP focuses on providing a cultural bridge into the Australian labour market, equipping migrant youth with the tools they need to find their way in the sometimes complicated system they need to navigate. The primary aim is to strengthen soft skills development in young job seekers, increasing their opportunities to attain and maintain employment. …
Endorsers & Media Partners
Australian Apprenticeships Pathways
The Australian Apprenticeships and Traineeships Information Service (AATIS) provides accurate, timely and relevant information to stakeholders in the Australian Apprenticeships sector. We are funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training. As part of the service we run the AAPathways website, the MyGain YouTube channel, a Free Call line 1800 338 022, and are on social media.
Career Development Association of Australia
A career development profession recognised for excellence and valued by all Australians.
The Career Development Association of Australia (CDAA) is Australia’s largest and only cross-sectoral community of career development practitioners, with members in every state and territory and across all sectors of the profession.
The CDAA is a member-service incorporated association managed by an Executive Committee elected from within the membership. It has Divisions in every state and territory which are run by member-elected Division Committees. The CDAA is a member of the Career Industry Council of Australia (CICA).
The CDAA is committed to the Professional Standards for Australian Career Development Practitioners and all CDAA members are bound by the CDAA Code of Ethics. These Standards and Code lists the principles of professional conduct developed to safeguard the welfare of consumers and clients of career services provided by members, the integrity of the Association and the integrity of the profession.
The CDAA Strategic Plan 2015 – 2017 contains four priorities, which are:
Build organisational sustainability.
Embed our Framework for Excellence.
Champion the work of career development professionals.
Proactively advocate on issues relating to career development.
Our vision is a career development profession recognised for excellence and valued by all Australians.
Our purpose is to support our members by leading, building, and growing the career development profession.
We promote the value of career development professionals’ work at every stage of life for individual, corporate and national growth and well-being.
We encourage and support our members to aspire to excellence through a broad range of opportunities for professional development and networking. The Association particularly recognises its Life and Fellow members for their excellence in the profession.
The CDAA offers types of membership for everyone working in, studying or associated with the Career Development profession.