Australia’s booming tech sector learned which organisations will deliver $10.7 million in digital cadetships today as the Morrison Government continues to drive its commitment to make Australia a top ten data and digital economy by 2030.
The announcement is the next step in the Morrison Government's Digital Skills Cadetship Trial, which will blend work placements and on-the-job learning with formal training, helping cadets put classroom lessons into practice and matching employers with the brightest tech talent.
The trial is expected to focus on growing fields including cybersecurity, cloud computing and data analytics, and to target cohorts including those who have been displaced as a result of COVID-19 or are returning to the workforce.
The trial will have a strong focus on supporting women into the tech workforce including women who are considering a mid-career change or are re-entering the workforce after a break. Each cadetship will span four to six months and may include vocational or higher education units, plus industry training.
Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business, Stuart Robert, said the trial is part of building a pipeline of digitally-capable workers that will deliver Australian businesses the skills they need to innovate — and individuals the opportunities to help them succeed.
‘We're investing more than $100 million in digital talent to future-proof Australia's economy and cadetships are just one measure — we're funding cyber projects and scholarships in emerging technologies, including AI, across Australia as part of our national Digital Economy Strategy.
‘Whether it is digital cadetships or free cyber skills through JobTrainer when it comes to building Australia’s tech workforce we are getting on with it,’
‘This contrasts with Labor’s recent tech workforce announcement which was more of a vibe and less of a plan and included no new skill funding commitments,’
‘The Australian skills system is firing under the Morrison Government we can’t risk Aussie skills with Labor who want to rip hundreds of millions of dollars out of the very training organisations we need to build a world-leading tech workforce.’
For more information on the Digital Skills Cadetship Trial, visit: www.dese.gov.au/digitalskillscadetshiptrial