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Growing Australia’s digital workforce

Exemplar: victorian government

Improving training delivery

The Victorian Government is building the state’s digital workforce by training and upskilling mid-career Victorians to transition into digital careers.

The Digital Jobs program is supporting up to 5,000 mid-career workers to complete 12 weeks of industry-backed training, and providing opportunities to then apply their new digital skills in 12-week digital work placements with Victorian businesses and government organisations.

The program features a range of industry-backed courses to suit different interests and skills levels, delivered by universities, TAFEs and private providers. All training programs are assessed by industry experts to ensure these meet industry needs.

Interest in participating in the program was very strong, with 3,300 people selected from 24,000 applicants since the program was launched in mid-2021, with 77 percent successfully completing training. The program brings a diverse range of participants to a sector that has traditionally recruited young males. Most applicants are over 30 years, with 58 percent women and 58 percent from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Digital Jobs has demonstrated there is a large untapped pool of mid-career talent interested in transitioning into a digital career. Adding digital skills to someone’s existing knowledge, work history, and skill sets opens many new career opportunities for people while giving employers access to the digital talent they need to grow.

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John Austin spent many years working in sales roles in the IT industry. He joined the Digital Jobs program and is now a cyber security specialist at, the largest online automotive, motorcycle and marine classifieds business in Australia. “I have a lot more confidence to take on new digital skills. The course gave me a new lease on my career,” John said.

Ghada Mahmoud moved from Egypt to Australia. She joined the Digital Jobs program, studying cloud computing and was able to accommodate study into her busy family life. She is now in the Digital Innovation and Cloud Engineering team at PwC Australia. “For me the best part about the program was the placement because it gave me the opportunity to leverage my skills, to prove to myself that I can do it,” Ghada said.

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