Victoria University Polytechnic Partners with Government of Victoria to Provide Digital Skills Training


Now more than ever, businesses need help with skills and digital technologies to stay viable. Victoria University (VU) Polytechnic has joined the Victorian government’s new Digital Jobs program to provide industry-supported digital skills training to Victorians who are reinventing their careers.

The mid-career-focused program, announced in August by Minister of Innovation, Medical Research and Digital Economy Jaala Pulford, is a $ 64 million initiative that is the first of its kind in Australia, designed to meet our growing need for digital skills.

Over the next three years, the program will equip up to 5,000 mid-career Victorians with forward-looking digital skills and place them in short-term paid digital roles in Victorian businesses. The program will expand the pool of candidates with digital knowledge and help fill critical skills gaps faced by businesses.

Successful applicants will undergo a 12-week digital skills training followed by a 12-week paid internship with a company in a digital role.

VU Polytechnic to provide specialized courses

As part of the program, VU Polytechnic will offer a series of courses focusing on:

  • Fundamentals of cybersecurity
  • Software engineering
  • Information technology support

VU Polytechnic is proud to be able to contribute to the Victorian Government’s agenda and support our state’s modern and evolving workforce, which is in need of people with digital skills. The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated technology-enhanced work and business practices, and access to flexible, high-quality training that enables Victorians to transition to a digital career is critical to the growth of our economy.

– Dianne Semmens, Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Acting) of Victoria University, Vocational Education and Pathways.

Innovation Minister Jaala Pulford said the government is committed to developing Victoria’s pool of technological talent.

“We know the demand for digital talent is growing rapidly, and the Digital Jobs program was designed to strengthen our technology workforce and create new opportunities for Victorians.”

It’s fantastic to see VU Polytechnic jump on board. Their involvement will mean that participants will learn from one of the state’s top training providers, equipping them with great skills for the next stage of their careers.

– Jaala Pulford

The courses complement the focus on digital commerce

The Polytechnic is well positioned to provide this essential training given its recent mission to assist West Melbourne in its transition to the rapidly growing digital trades industry from a traditional manufacturing-based economy. In 2019, VU Polytechnic launched a Cyber ​​Security Operations Center (Cyber ​​SOC) in partnership with Cisco on the St Albans campus and reinstated the digital technology component of its professional training.

Located in the heart of West Melbourne and officially opened in February 2020, Polytechnic’s Sunshine Skills Hub also offers fast and flexible training solutions focused on developing future skills in emerging areas such as:

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • 3d printing
  • digital design
  • construction robotics
  • Data analysis
  • e-health
  • cyber security.

On VU’s Werribee campus, more than 9,000 high school students access Wyndham Tech School’s state-of-the-art facilities each year and engage directly with industry to develop their passion for a career, using critical thinking, problem solving, innovation and collaboration. .

“We are changing the way we produce and deliver education to prepare our students for the ever-changing future of work, a place where the physical and digital worlds converge. No matter where someone is in life – school years, early or career change, development or hobbyist – we provide the technology and training to help them develop the skills they need to be successful. Being able to deliver these courses as part of the DSJP is the next step for us in our vision to equip Victorians for the future of work.

– Gail Bray, Director of Wyndham Tech School and Innovation and Technology

VU Polytechnic officially began offering the first of three courses on July 12.

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