The future of work is changing rapidly. This is a reality that governments, industries and communities are all faced with. To support the growth of Australia's tech ecosystem and to prepare Australians for 21st century jobs, we need a new approach. In this new Digital Age, a career in tech can bring about financial security and independence, therefore reducing long-term welfare dependancy.

Traditionally, jobs in tech have required a computer science degree. This is out of reach for many disadvantaged, unemployed individuals. But many jobs within the tech ecosystem no longer require a Bachelor's degree. Therefore, we should create an intensive, technical training program which prepares unemployed and/or underemployed Australians for in-demand tech jobs. The curriculum should focus on providing participants with the top job skills most-needed, according to key tech trends. Students should also acquire key professional skills and business skills required to help them land a job upon completion.
Wage subsidies could be offered to employers who provide graduates with a job for at least 12 months. This programme could initially be trialled in a single location, and then expanded based on results. Overall, the training programme could provide valuable opportunities for groups of people who would otherwise be at risk of long-term welfare dependancy. At the same time, it could grow our ecosystem within Australia and drive innovation across various industries.

user picture Vanessa Picker · 3 years ago · 392 votes · 3 comments
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Correction 108,000 enrolled as of today... It's the future... Here now....
Richard Ferrers · 3 years ago
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I have spent many years at Uni, for postgrad, and PhD, but also do a MOOC every year. This year I did iPhone developer's course for $60 and it sells on special for $10. How many are enrolled? Check out Udemy. The teacher generates millions of dollars in fees. Around 50,000 have enrolled. But you need a Mac, which will cost at least $500 even secondhand.
Richard Ferrers · 3 years ago
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Great idea.
Richard Ferrers · 3 years ago
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