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Helping workers upgrade their skills, a key solution on the table at the National Jobs and Skills Summit

Katie Magriplis, a history teacher, epitomizes Australia’s skills and educational challenges.

“I really sought to change everything in my life, by changing my job,” she said.

“I was a secondary school teacher for 17 years and the workload is really not at all compatible with the kind of life I want to have.”

She is actively seeking a complete career change.

Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics suggests she is not alone; in fact, in the year ending February, almost a tenth of employed Australians changed jobs.

The OECD predicts this will continue as technology disrupts workplaces and industries, making upskilling and mid-career retraining critical as jobs transform beneath us.

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