The Tech Council of Australia (TCA) has today released its Digital Employment Forum report, Getting to 1.2 million: Our roadmap to create a thriving Australian tech workforce.
Swinburne University of Technology is proud to be a founding employment and training partner of the Forum, which is an initiative established through a partnership between the TCA and Digital Skills Organisation to solve Australia’s tech talent crisis.
The technology sector is the seventh largest employer in Australia and the Tech Council of Australia predicts the sector will deliver $250 billion by 2030, but it also means Australia will need to employ an additional 653,000 tech workers to meet this goal by the end of the decade.
Committed to success in a tech-rich future
As the prototype of a new and different university – one that is truly of technology – Swinburne has a laser like focus on helping its learners succeed in a tech-rich future. The university is at the forefront of information and communication technology education, giving students access to some of the best practical learning environments in Australia, across TAFE, undergraduate and postgraduate courses, all with guaranteed access to work integrated learning.
Cyber Academy: Created by Swinburne in partnership with Deloitte, TAFE NSW and University of Wollongong, the Cyber Academy aims to fast-track students’ careers in the growing cybersecurity sector through work-integrated learning and mentorship, providing a pathway for students to develop industry-relevant skills and enter the workforce.
The Women in STEM Diploma of Applied Technologies – Cloud Technologies: A paid cadetship with industry partner Amazon Web Services (AWS), this program offers female students employment with AWS three days a week, while studying part-time at Swinburne two days a week, to earn their qualification.
Associate Degree of Applied Technologies – Cloud Technologies: Also in collaboration with AWS, Swinburne has developed a first of its kind cloud degree to help prepare students for in-demand jobs in cloud computing.
The Swinburne Data for Social Good Cloud Innovation Centre (CIC): The first-of-its-kind in the Southern Hemisphere, and part of a global network of Cloud Innovation Centres powered AWS and dedicated to accelerating public sector innovation.
Through Swinburne’s IT degrees, students have access to six state-of-the-art Cisco networking labs and 700 Cisco devices.
Leveraging transformative tech with human capital and talent
Reflecting on today’s report, and the contributions Swinburne is making to the workforce of the future, Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Pascale Quester said Swinburne is playing a distinct role in contributing to society’s increasing need for transformative technology and for the human capital and talent to leverage it.
“The world runs on technology, which now means IT professionals are expected to drive innovation, make significant contributions to the economy and have positive impacts on society,” said Professor Quester.
“Technology has always transformed education, and we know it is continuing to transform the future of work. Many of today’s jobs will change or disappear and entirely new industries will be created.
“At Swinburne, we are uniquely placed to prepare our students for those exciting new prospects, as we continue to bring people and technology together to build a better world.”