As we venture out of lockdowns, we are seeing the push toward digitalisation of the workforce more than ever. For many, this means the way we work and learn is changing, and new skills are required.
Vocational training is practical, career-informed learning that is required for students to harness 21st-century capabilities that can’t be learnt from a textbook – or a screen, in isolation. The future of learning requires spaces that can facilitate the transition from traditional learning modalities to technological capabilities that are only continuing to advance. It is imperative that our next generations are equipped with new-age skills that meet the needs of current and future industry demands.
There is a need for mixed-mode learning pathways, which incorporate university style programs combined with the practical skills that vocational training can offer.
Workers today, and workers in the future will now need to be prepared to deal with the emerging shifts with technology, cyber-space, growing automation industries and artificial intelligence – and it is coming sooner than we think. The National Skills Commission recently revealed that more than 90 percent of new jobs set to come into fruition in the next five years will require post-school qualifications.
As architects, we have a responsibility to appropriately design and deliver functional facilities that solve issues, predict trends and that cater to the needs for current and future generations.
Years of planning, research and stakeholder-informed strategies have informed Gray Puksand’s approach to designing for education precincts – mixed-mode hubs for integrated learning experiences that suit a range of capabilities and skillsets.
Key learnings over many years have led us to understand that the solution for re-skilling our nation needs to be a collaborative approach, and one that priorities new-age infrastructure that creates environments that are liveable, sustainable and agile in nature.
Through an integrated and planned approach, this new chapter in Australia’s history can be a chance to create exemplar educational precincts for the future of learning and work.