What are digital skills and why are they in demand?

28 November, 2021

 

The digital world touches almost every part of our lives and it’s only getting bigger.

Over the past decade, technology has created jobs that we once could have never imagined. We can’t predict what’s going to happen next, but we know one thing is true – digital skills are in demand and that demand is growing fast.

To support this growth, the JobTrainer Fund is allocating around 10,000 free or low-fee places in digital skills courses. These places are available to eligible people who wish to upskill or reskill in this area, preparing them for work in one of Australia's most in-demand fields.

What are digital skills and why do you need them?

Digital skills is a broad term to cover almost anything that involves a computer or the internet.
Research predicts that one in 4 jobs created by 2025 will be for digital technology workers. Working with technology is no longer only for app developers or computer wizards. Digital jobs are for everyone – and need a range of skills from running an online meeting to writing code.

According to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC)(External website, Opens in new window), in-demand digital skills include:

  • Information and communication technologies (ICT) skills in business
    What does it take to run your own business in the 21st century? You may need a website, social media accounts, an online payment system, know how to organise digital meetings and use computer programs like project management software or spreadsheets.
     
  • Coding and programming
    Code is the language that tells computers what to do. Programmers use code to build everything we see on the screen and everything that happens behind it. Programming is the bread and butter of the digital world and gaining coding skills can lead to high paying technical roles.
     
  • Developing and using robotic and automation technologies
    Robots have already made their way into factories where products can be constructed, checked, and packed by machines. Next, we’ll likely see them carrying packages to our doors or moving heavy materials on a construction site. While automation may mean fewer workers in some jobs, automation is expected to create growth overall. That means more jobs, especially in digital areas.

The roles in demand

If you like problem solving and want to join a fascinating and fast-growing industry, then a career in digital could be for you. It’s estimated that Australia is going to need an extra 250,000 new digital workers by 2025(External website, Opens in new window).

There are free or low-fee courses available right now in digital skills, with places funded by JobTrainer. Just a few examples of the exciting areas include:

Start learning now

Vocational Education and Training (VET) is designed to give you the practical skills needed to launch straight into a job. It’s the perfect option for those that want to give the digital sector a go and prefer a hands-on learning approach.

A range of digital skills courses are supported by the JobTrainer Fund which means they will be available for free or a low fee.

Find out more about JobTrainer(External website, Opens in new window) and what courses you may be eligible for on the MySkills website(External website).

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