The Information Technology Contract and Recruitment Association (ITCRA) has partnered with training facilitator, Prolearn, to offer 15 ICT contractors the opportunity to complete a Diploma of ICT Networking.
ITCRA chief executive officer (CEO), Julie Mills, said the program will offer an option for jobseekers who are looking to secure work, but are frustrated by reports of a skills shortage, while assessing if a skills mismatch is to blame.
“Many contractors have told us they find claims of skills shortages difficult to believe when they’re finding it hard to get a job,” Mills said. “However in the majority of cases, while these contractors may have qualifications, they don’t have the skills in demand by employers.”
The cost of the program will be partly covered by State and Federal Government subsidies, with the remainder to be paid by ITCRA's Platinum partner, OAMPS Life Solutions.
Mills said businesses will also benefit from the initiative as they will be able to access a growing pool of candidates who can offer the correct skills.
The initial program is rolling out in Victoria, currently underway in Melbourne, and will take three months to complete. If successful, ITCRA will look to implement it nationally, and across New Zealand.
Following the pilot, ITCRA and Prolearn will also conduct an analysis of skills gaps in ICT, using information collected from participants and ITCRA’s SkillsMatch.
“What we’re ultimately trying to determine is if there really are skills shortages within the ICT sector, or just skills mismatches,” Prolearn CEO, Doris Humunicki, said. “We suspect a skills mismatch is more likely, and if this is the case, then we will work with ITCRA to provide solutions.”
Those findings will then be used to pinpoint in which particular sector and geography the shortages or mismatches lie, and how to resolve them.