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In this edition of Need to know.com, we explore getting the right mix of skills as the workforce changes and evolves. 

The importance of soft skills and how businesses quantify them in the changing workforce was prominent in the discussion at the DeakinCo. and The Australian Financial Review co-hosted the Digital Economy Skills roundtable. The roundtable was attended by a number of prominent speakers from Telstra, LinkedIn, KPMG and Boston Consulting Group. 

We believe that the skills we need to thrive in the future already exist in our workforce.  The DeakinCo. commissioned study by Deloitte Access Economics titled Soft skills for business success found while formal qualifications and technical skills are important, they're only part of the requirements for modern employees with two-thirds of all jobs to be soft skill intensive by 2030. 

In this changing workforce, the motivation and ability to develop new and existing skills is now on individuals. 

With this is mind, Deakin University have released the first of a series of free open courses on soft skills. Career Credentials: Evidence Your Expertise in Communication will introduce the importance of effective communication in the modern workplace. People will learn how to gather evidence to demonstrate their communication capabilities to employers and assist people in preparing their submission to earn the Professional Practice credential in Communication. 

The course is now open for enrolment and I encourage you to share with your people.

The ways organisations recognise, develop and reward soft skills at work will be critical to the culture of continuous learning – and Deakin University’s Professional Practice credentials and are designed exactly for that. The employer’s contribution is to create a culture that supports and rewards self-motivated and empowered learning through providing a recognition and measurement system.

Best regards

Simon Hann
Chief Executive Officer
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