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:
- UX Design: Researching how a user interacts with a digital product, system or service and recommending ways for designers to make the experience better.
Course example: Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology(External website, Opens in new window)
- Software developer: Developing, designing and writing code to create computer software. There are many different industries to work in, from creating games, apps and websites to working on complex business systems.
Course example: Certificate IV in Information Technology(External website, Opens in new window)
- Project Manager: Managing digital teams and deadlines to ensure every part of the business machine runs together and stays on track to complete projects.
Course example: Certificate IV in Project Management Practice(External website, Opens in new window)
- Cyber security: Protecting data and ensuring networks remain strong against breaches and attacks. Building firewalls, testing systems with simulated hacks and acting as a 'digital superhero' to identify and protect any weak points.
Course example: Certificate IV in Cyber Security(External website, Opens in new window)
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.