Consider upskilling if you are a working carer, or looking to re-enter the workforce.

Consider upskilling if you are a working carer, or looking to re-enter the workforce after a break undertaking caring duties.

Why? Because increasingly, it is becoming harder to find employment without improving your educational level or undertaking job-specific training.

If you lose your current job, you may find it hard to gain re-employment, without investing in your continuing education and skills development.

Anglicare recently released its 2016 State of the Family Report, titled Positions Vacant: When the Jobs Aren’t There.

The report paints a bleak picture for people without higher education or training, with Anglicare Australia’s executive director Kasy Chambers stating that it’s now almost impossible to get a job without Year 12, workplace experience, or a university degree.

The report found that “While there are some appropriate jobs in the labour market, there are simply not enough to cater for the number of people with limited skills and experience who are looking for work.”

Although Australia’s impressive track record of economic growth (26 consecutive years) places us in a better position than many other western countries, that growth has been uneven. The report notes that “There are many more opportunities for people with professional skills, qualifications and extensive experience than there are for people with limited experience or qualifications.

“Although there has been growth in the number of job advertisements across all skill levels, the strongest growth has been in openings requiring diploma or degree qualifications and at least three to five years’ experience.

“While jobs suitable for people with limited skills and experience are advertised, ... job vacancies at the lowest skill levels have been in an overall decline since 2010.”

In May 2016, only 13 per cent of all advertised positions were open to candidates who had completed only Year 10.

Chambers told Australian media that “There is almost a bracket creep where jobs are increasing on the complexity scale which makes it very difficult for people to enter the job market for the first time... a significant proportion of people who genuinely want to work are unable to find suitable employment.”

The report focused on employment partly in response to the rhetoric of the recent federal election. Its introduction states:

“Employment was a key issue in the 2016 federal election, epitomised in the slogan ‘jobs and growth’. Unfortunately, slogans such as this perpetuate a myth that employment is a simple equation: one person plus one job equals long-term employment.

“But for people looking for their first job, for those who need support to re-enter the workforce, and for people whose positions have been made redundant due to industry disruption, it often seems the right jobs just aren’t there.”