Job skills are changing, and the way young people will need to approach their future careers will be vastly different from the past.
According to reports from the Foundation for Young Australians, "future Australian workers would on average make at least 17 changes in employers, across five different careers over their lifetime", and "automation is predicted to transform every job across the Australian economy by 2030, with 90 per cent of future jobs requiring digital literacy".
The foundation says in future employment, people will spend 30 per cent more time than they do now learning on the job, and double the amount of time on critical thinking, problem solving, using maths, science and technology and written and verbal skills.
The Central West Leadership Academy, founded in Dubbo in 2018 by a group of passionate locals, has an educational focus on the broad range of skills and learning habits students will need to be leaders in the world.
The 21st century skills of critical thinking, creativity, citizenship and communication underpin the curriculum at the academy and student learning is extended through design thinking, problem solving, coding, robotics, languages, and foundational technology skills such as touch typing and digital literacy.
The 21st century skills of critical thinking, creativity, citizenship and communication underpin the curriculum at the academy
Through personal learning plans and self-assessed character skill progressions, students focus on developing their work ethic, determination and resilience.
They learn to become leaders who have the skills and social and emotional capabilities to choose their path in life from a position of strength.
With flexible learning through differentiation, students are taught at their ability level, not their age level.
The Dubbo school's year 7 team finished ahead of Knox, Sydney Boys and James Ruse High School in the 2019 da Vinci decathlon, taking out eighth place overall in the state finals in Sydney.
The academy's debate team took out first place in the 2019 NGS Virtual Debating National Championship, and the Future Problem Solving team achieved first place in the individual booklet section of the 2018 national competition.
The academy is committed to making 21st century education available to all regional learners through needs-based scholarships.
Enrolments are now open for years 3 to 9 for 2021.
For more information, visit theacademy.nsw.edu.au.