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Phishing is a growing problem across Africa. South Africa has the highest number of victims. shutterstock

What South Africa is doing to make a dent in cyber crime

Cyber security has been identified as a global challenge, with Africa facing renewed threats through increasing internet use across many platforms.
Vocational training shouldn’t be dismissed as an easy, lazy alternative to completing formal schooling. From www.shutterstock.com

Vocational training is not an easy alternative to formal schooling

Modern vocational programmes must prepare students for complex work which demands a skills and knowledge mix that is different but not necessarily easier than school subjects.
The supply side of information security professionals is not keeping up with the demand. Image sourced from Shutterstock.com

Cyber security winners will be those that nurture talent

As the US and UK look to the opportunities presented by cybersecurity, Australia is still dealing with a critical skills shortage.
The government focus on economic migration has meant increased private sector power over who becomes Australian. Kit/Flickr

Australia has outsourced migration policy to the private sector

Australia’s migration policy has shifted significantly in the past 20 years, leaving a system subject to widespread rorting and controversy. If there is a single lesson to be learnt from the revelations…
The government incentivises workers to relocate for a job, but is it incentivising the right workers? Faisal Akram/Flickr

Moving for work: not the panacea the government seeks

As a policy response to unemployment and structural change, incentives for workers to relocate in search of work have been pushing higher up the policy agenda. This has been the trend since the World Bank’s…
Hairdressing was once on the Migration Occupation in Demand List, which is again under scrutiny. Alan Porritt/AAP

Governments play flawed ‘skilled jobs’ guessing game

Governments in most countries, including Australia, often feel the need to predict which skills will be in demand and match them with increased supply largely through education planning and migration…
The skills required to tap Big Data include statistics, mathematics, computer science and engineering. Shutterstock.com

Solving Big Data’s big skills shortage

According to analyst firm Gartner, Big Data is at the portion of the hype cycle called the “peak of inflated expectations”. The business world is awash with all sorts of claims about the magic of Big Data…
Jaguar Land Rover needs more engineers. David Jones/PA

Skill shortage stops UK from engineering global success

The future competitiveness of the British economy is founded on the country’s engineers. Sir James Dyson, one of the UK’s most important entrepreneurial designers, regularly bemoans the shortage of skilled…

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