Over 3,000 courses are now being offered via the association’s ICT skills hub, supporting a broader push to advance Australian cyber security capabilities.
The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) has confirmed that over 3,000 courses are now available via the AIIA Skills Hub as a result of the group’s partnerships with educational institutions from across the country, including RMIT, QUT, University of Queensland, Central Queensland University, University of Sydney and NSW and Queensland TAFEs.
AIIA has also welcomed contributions from industry, with Microsoft, IBM and AWS also offering resources for the hub.
“We are excited at the traction our Skills Hub has achieved since its launch in January,” AIIA CEO Ron Gauci said.
“With the support from our members and universities around the country showing that having a skills academy providing re-skilling, up-skilling and career pathway building meets current and future needs of the sector.
“We already have hundreds of individual participants actively using the Hub to grow their skills and careers and we expect this number to grow significantly as the hub is further expanded in the coming months.”
Gauci said the hub would help address Australia’s “skill shortage” in the ICT industry, which he said could “increase significantly” in the coming years.
“The AIIA is proud to be bringing a range of different stakeholders together to work towards building Australia’s skills in the ICT sector,” he added.
The AIIA Skills Hub is currently pursuing partnerships with an additional 15 universities and TAFEs, as well as other ICT industry stakeholders.
“Once these are onboarded, the AIIA Skills Hub will exceed 5,000 courses available to members by the end of 2021,” Gauci continued.
He went on to note the importance of upskilling in the ICT space, particularly off the back of the COVID-19 crisis.
“In a post-COVID economy, we know that strong skills in the ICT sector will continue to be highly sought after by employers,” Gauci said.
“We’ve seen the permanent adoption of digital services to the Australian economy triggered by the COVID pandemic that will shape the Australian economy for years to come.”