The Victorian ICT industry has received a major government boost with $3 million in funding aimed at driving innovation and economic growth.
The government has released its Victorian ICT Workforce Development Plan, which aims to increase the interest for people of all ages in taking up a career in ICT.
IT will also help businesses to recruit and retain ICT capabilities they need and build closer relationships between business and education providers.
Technology minister, Gordon Rich-Phillips, said information and communication technology played a vital role in virtually all businesses, and would continue to drive Victoria’s economic growth, innovation and productivity.
The three major objectives of the program are to overcome misconceptions and increase awareness of ICT careers, optimise the contribution that ICT can offer to business and to improve the alignment between ICT qualifications and business requirements.
Rich-Phillips said it was critical that Victorian businesses were able to find the people with the right technical and other capabilities to compete on a global stage.
“Although we know ICT careers offer excellent financial incentives and opportunities, businesses often find it difficult to recruit workers with the required ICT skills,” he said.
“With ICT roles approaching five per cent of total employment in the state, we want to create a skills pipeline in Victoria which guarantees a strong supply of workers with training and qualifications attuned to the needs of business.
“I am extremely grateful for the extensive work and advice of the ICT Skills Subcommittee over the last 12 months, which has ensured that the ICT Workforce Development Plan and actions are relevant to current needs.”