Victoria has invested $3 million into supporting the state’s ICT workforce, releasing the Victorian ICT Workforce Development Plan.
“More than ever, it is critical that Victorian businesses are able to find the people with the right technical and other capabilities to compete on a global stage”, said Technology Minister Gordon Rich-Phillips to the Victorian iAwards audience on Wednesday.
However, the Plan notes that “young people often hold persistently negative attitudes and misconceptions about ICT courses and careers. Many young people are discouraged from choosing ICT by an apparent emphasis on technical rather than business and people-oriented content in courses and course names.”
Victoria’s solution is to augment Australia’s Digital Careers Program through a state committee tasked with driving up public interest in pursuing an ICT career. The Victorian Committee will ensure that the public understands the value in, and reality of, an ICT career. It will develop guidelines and case studies that outline best practice, as well as supporting VicICT for Women to deliver ‘Go Girl Go For IT’ events.
The Plan endeavours to boost businesses’ understanding of how significantly ICT contributes to operations. Victoria will offer training, educational programs and practical advice to SME businesses, as well as supporting mentoring activities and workforce planning.
A further objective of the Plan is the increased alignment between qualifications and business requirements. The State proposes greater integration of ICT content into other courses and disciplines, and ensuring students and educators are mindful of modern business practices and are technologically up to date.
“Building a robust and highly skilled ICT workforce is a challenging task that can only be achieved through the joint action of government, industry and education,” according to Minister Rich-Phillips.