The Future of Work: Setting Kids up for Success

Our kids are going to face a radically different work environment from what we see today. Everyone’s talking about it… 

In partnership with nbn, the Regional Australia Institute (RAI) has moved beyond peak noise on this topic, taking action to do something really useful and practical about it.

It’s in all our interests to ensure our children are future work ready and these resources are available now, free to anyone with access to the internet.

Together they have delivered an online toolkit to make sense of the future of work, what it means for kids and their parents and to provide them with the tools they need now to build capability for the future. It also includes the recently released ‘Future of Work – Setting Kids up for Success’ report and a set of six regional case studies.
Did you know one in two Australians will need skills in programming and software development, as well as an ability to build digital technology, to remain competitive in the 2030 job market? Or that in the next five years, at least 90 per cent of the current workforce will need a basic level of digital literacy to be appealing for prospective employers?
The future workforce will demand that young people not only know how to program and interact with technology, but also how to communicate, collaborate and think critically. In response, this new toolkit focuses on providing practical insights and activities that build both ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ tech skills to help develop creativity and entrepreneurial capabilities.

Check out the inspiring examples RAI have found in regional Australia of communities that have developed a number of excellent initiatives to help prepare their children. Read more about these stories, and share your own at