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Media Release: Victorian Coalition Government supports improved ICT skills for workforce

Friday, 06 Jun 2014

The Hon Gordon Rich-Phillips MLC
Assistant Treasurer
Minister for Technology
Minister for the Aviation Industry

Thursday 5 June 2014

  • Release of Victorian Coalition Government’s ICT Workforce Development Plan highlights Victorian ICT talent and skills
  • Objectives of Plan to increase awareness of ICT careers, optimise contribution of ICT to business and align ICT qualifications with business requirements
  • Victorian Coalition Government creating skills pipeline and strong supply of workers with ICT training and qualifications
The Victorian Coalition Government today released its Victorian ICT Workforce Development Plan, a $3 million suite of actions aimed at ensuring Victoria has an information technology workforce driving innovation and economic growth into the future.

Speaking last night at the Victorian iAwards dinner, Minister for Technology Gordon Rich-Phillips highlighted the importance of the state’s information technology workforce and skills.

“Information and communication technology now plays a vital role in virtually all businesses and will continue to drive Victoria’s economic growth, innovation and productivity,” Mr Rich-Phillips said.

The Victorian ICT Workforce Development Plan, released today, highlights three strategic objectives:

  • overcome misconceptions and increase awareness of ICT careers;
  • optimise the contribution that ICT can offer to business;
  • and improve the alignment between ICT qualifications and business requirements.

Actions under the Plan will aim to increase the interest of Victorians of all ages in studying and taking up a career in ICT, help businesses to recruit and retain ICT capabilities they need and build closer relationships between business and education providers.

“More than ever, it is critical that Victorian businesses are able to find the people with the right technical and other capabilities to compete on a global stage, and the Napthine Government’s Plan will help ensure that the future supply of ICT skills is built with local Victorian talent.

“Although we know ICT careers offer excellent financial incentives and opportunities, businesses often find it difficult to recruit workers with the required ICT skills,” Mr Rich-Phillips said.

 “With ICT roles approaching five per cent of total employment in the state, we want to create a skills pipeline in Victoria which guarantees a strong supply of workers with training and qualifications attuned to the needs of business.

“I am extremely grateful for the extensive work and advice of the ICT Skills Subcommittee over the last 12 months, which has ensured that the ICT Workforce Development Plan and actions are relevant to current needs.”

To view the ICT Workforce Development Plan, click here.

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