The Australian Computer Society (ACS) today welcomed the outcomes of the ICT Workforce Study completed by the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency. The key components of this report are aligned with the ACS election issues which are across skills supply, quality and diversity, digital literacy of SME's, vendor neutral advice to governments in the national interest and accurate measurement of the digital economy in support of an open society.
Of particular note is the recognition of a falling investment in skills development and education. The ACS has continued to call for increased investment in ICT skills commencing in the national curriculum and continuing through tertiary and professional education. We strongly encourage Australian employers to consider the ICT Workforce development strategies identified in the report and embrace them as a long term investment in talent.
The ACS sees the improvement of the local skills base and continued education as an urgent priority that must be addressed to ensure local workers continue to be given every opportunity within the industry.
As the principal professional association for the ICT workforce in Australia, the ACS encourages employers to support their ICT professionals with educational opportunities. With predicted growth of employment in the industry of 7.2% between 2012 and 2017, employers should see this education as an investment that will pay a handsome dividend in the medium term.
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