Almost three-quarters (70 per cent) of workers surveyed by recruitment and HR provider Randstad said they had not received the level of training needed to keep pace with a rapidly changing workforce.
That is despite nine in 10 believing that regularly refreshing their competencies enhances their employability.
Lifelong learning, regardless of age, is almost universally seen as essential to deliver business outcomes, with 94 per cent agreeing with this statement.
Alison Monroe, national director at transition support provider Sageco Australia and New Zealand, said this dispels the myths that older workers are resistant to change.
“Automation, combined with workers living longer and healthier lives, means that vocational, skills-based training is still in high demand for people late in their career,” she said.
“Further to this, someone later in their career may want to consider a completely new path and apply their well-honed personal and professional skills to a new industry or role. They have the will, but not necessarily the vocational skill yet – and therefore might need training.”