Date posted: 28/10/2020

Learning tool launch highlights its “relevancy and timeliness”

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) has launched CA Capability+, its new professional development tool designed exclusively for members. It helps members identify and build their capabilities.

In brief

  • The popularity of the launch of the new online professional development tool CA Capability+ is testimony to its timeliness and relevance
  • The initiative was developed from member feedback during CA ANZ’s 2017 strategic review
  • Futurist Steve Sammartino identifies the impacts of COVID-19 on work, workplaces and the accounting profession

More than 2400 people listened in to the launch of CA Capability+, which combined with a record number of online registrations for a CA ANZ event, was testimony to the relevancy and timeliness of the online tool, said CA ANZ Chief Executive Ainslie van Onselen.

She said “the labour market is evolving faster than ever, and our members need to be prepared for any future”.

CA Capability+ is CA ANZ’s new professional development tool designed exclusively for members. It helps members identify and build the capabilities needed to stay relevant, succeed and prosper in the accounting profession.

It is an initiative developed from member feedback during CA ANZ’s 2017 strategic review. The organisation then started looking into the impact on accounting jobs of automation, and on new technology over the next five to 10 years. 

“Of course, what we couldn’t have predicted at that time was the impact of the pandemic on the global workforce and the unprecedented pace of technological change that we’ve seen in 2020,” van Onselen said.

Steve Sammartino, one of Australia’s leading futurists and best-selling author, spoke of the impact of COVID-19 on work, workplaces and the accounting profession.

In his presentation at the launch, he said the pandemic will bring an end to the “cubicle farm. 

“The labour market is evolving faster than ever, and our members need to be prepared for any future.”
Ainslie van Onselen

“The office won’t go away, but it is going to change its shape forever. In the future it will be a place where you go to connect, collaborate, ideate and organise.

“We are going to have this hybrid model. It is not going to be work from home. It is going to be work from the office and home.”

He said this hybrid would be part of a move towards greater modularity in the use of buildings. “What we will have is buildings that are a cafe, or restaurant, in the morning and a night club at night.

“Car parking spaces will become micro warehouses.”

As a result, Sammartino said “we need to think about the asset base we oversee in our accounting context.

“How can you increase the modularity of the asset base to get more out of it so it changes shape about what it does?”

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