How to help young people identify courses that build enterprise skills

How to help young people identify courses that build enterprise skills


As technology and automation sweep through our workplaces, enterprise skills are the skills which current and future workers need to thrive in their future careers.

Instead of focussing solely on building up the technical skills needed to do a job, young people need to be equipped with skills that can be used across multiple roles and occupations. These skills are increasingly important in a world of work where an average 15 year-old is expected to navigate 17 jobs across 5 different careers.

These types of skills, known as enterprise skills, include digital literacy, communication, collaboration, teamwork, creativity and problem-solving, and allow people to work across various jobs and industries. The jobs of the future, or those jobs that are least likely to be automated, demand enterprise skills 70% more frequently than the jobs of the past.

FYA’s New Work Reality report has also highlighted that enterprise skills can be a “golden ticket” to full-time work helping to accelerate the transition from full-time education by 17 months on average. It is clear that we need to be equipping young people with the skill set needed to navigate the changing world of work.

In order to help young people identify courses that can help them build their portfolio of transferable skills we’ve put together a cheat sheet to help you out:

Three types of courses that build enterprise skills

#1 – Accelerator or Incubator Programs to Start Your Own Business

Accelerators and incubators give young people the opportunity to experience the world of startups and build the skills needed to create their own business.

Running a small business or project is a turbocharged way of building enterprise skills like financial literacy, communication and teamwork. Recent data also shows that more than 69% of young people dream of starting their own business, but half feel they need more skills and training to make their ideas a reality.

La Trobe University’s Accelerator Program in conjunction with Federation and Deakin Universities is one example. Offering a 12-week program to students, staff or alumni that helps them to develop their own start-up and build enterprise skills such as creativity, financial literacy, presentation and communication skills.

There are loads of other great accelerator programs out there, here’s a shortlist to get you started.

#2 – Apprenticeships or Traineeships which blend the world of work and education

Apprenticeships in skilled trades such as plumbing or construction and traineeships in vocational areas such as early childhood education blend the learning environment with the world of work. This exposure to the workplace can help young people build enterprise skills such as communication, time management, problem solving and teamwork.

Most VET Providers throughout the country offer both apprenticeship and traineeships options. Instead of focussing entirely on courses offered in the classroom, young people can learn by doing in the workplace.

There’s tons of information for school leavers, job seekers, educators and employers on apprenticeships and traineeships available via the Australian Apprenticeships Support Network about the types of opportunities offered as well as how to become a training provider.

#3 – Multi-disciplinary courses focussed on real-world challenges

Multi-disciplinary courses that deal with real-world challenges focus on building a broad set of skills that will be transferable across a range of jobs and occupations while also challenging young people to solve problems.

The Monash Global Challenges Degree is one example where students are expected to use science to create change across a range of sectors. This course builds a range of enterprise skills such as creativity, complex problem solving and entrepreneurship.

VET courses also offer a range of multi-disciplinary opportunities and help you identify real-world capabilities to address these. If you want to do little more research on the types of courses and the outcomes they offer, My Skills  is a great place to start for both early career starters and current workers.

Still stuck? One easy way to know what skills a course provides is to look out for “outcomes” or a “what you will get out of this” section.

FYA has partnered with the Federal Department of Education and Training to highlight the opportunities in Vocational Education for young Australians navigating the world of work. The So I Heard series explores just some of the many options out there.