Victoria state reskills mid-career workers for digital jobs
Australia’s Victorian state government has announced a A$64 million (US$47 million) programme to reskill about 5,000 mid-career workers for jobs in the digital economy.
Workers will complete 12 weeks of skills training with Victorian training providers, in fields like cyber security, data analytics, web development, digital marketing, and cloud computing.
Those who complete the training will then work in a 12-week paid internship with a Victorian business, further honing their new skills. Victorian businesses that host these workers will receive a A$5,000 (US$3,680) wage subsidy in return to support their employment.
So far, the programme has already signed on employers such as ANZ bank, AWS, Carsales, MYOB, Salesforce, Siemens and Zendesk. The first batch of 450 participants is set to start industry placements this October.
“We know the demand for digital talent is increasing rapidly, and the Digital Jobs programme has been designed in partnership with industry to build our digital workforce and create new opportunities for Victorians,” said Jaala Pulford, Victorian state Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy, according to Startup Daily.