Several big businesses, including ANZ Bank, Amazon Web Services (AWS) , Carsales, Infosys, MYOB, NCS, Salesforce, Siemens, Swisse and Zendesk have signed onto Victoria’s Digital Job Program to provide thousands of jobseekers with training in analytics, cybersecurity, communications and programming.
The Victorian Government launched the $64 million Digital Jobs Program in February, intending to fill gaps in the digital jobs market that were left behind following the pandemic. Under the program, 5,000 eligible candidates will help rebuild the state’s digital workforce by participating in training and upskilling arrangements.
The program began in early 2021 and will run over three years, with about 500 participants to be recruited in quarterly increments. Applicants must be aged 30 years or over and must be experiencing a mid-career transition due to displacement from COVID-19.
There are several recruitment rounds, and applicants are selected through a recruitment program facilitated by Hudson Australia.
Candidates will complete a six-month, industry-recognised digital training program and 12 weeks of on-the-job training at one of the participating companies.
RMIT Online, La Trobe University, Monash College, the University of Melbourne and Victoria University Polytechnic are among the educational facilities to provide training under the program.
Companies that choose to host participants of the program are entitled to a $5,000 wage subsidy per participant.
The upcoming cohort, set to begin industry placements in early October, will be limited to 450 participants. ANZ has already selected 30 candidates to start training across the bank’s Institutional, Finance, Data, Design, Marketing and Technology teams.