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  • 3 April 2014 22:21

Vic Government looks for new ways to boost IT skills

The Victorian Coalition Government has released a draft ICT Workforce Development Plan, developed in collaboration with the Victorian Information and Communications Advisory Committee (VICTAC). It is designed to complement the Victorian Government ICT Strategy, released in 2013, by providing a high-level direction on the design and use of ICT to deliver better government services to the public.

“The Strategy relies on the government having access to people with a sophisticated understanding of ICT, and the skills to apply the use of technology to government operations and services,” minister for Technology Gordon Rich-Phillips said. The Government says the draft plan will “ensure that the State develops a focused and sufficiently skilled business technology workforce that can lead Victoria into the next surge of economic growth.” It adds that the plan “comes at a time of unprecedented interest in finding new and better ways to meet ongoing local demand for ICT skills,” and that many of the issues affecting the supply of people into the ICT workforce are common across businesses, industry sectors, educational institutions and government. The plan lists a number of possible initiatives designed to establish a stronger supply of business technology skills in several broad areas: driving up interest in studying or working in ICT; building deeper appreciation about ICT application in business; defining a more compelling ICT career path for workers of all ages, and strengthening relationships between business and education providers. It adds that these initiatives will not succeed without “active participation and collaboration from industry and education stakeholders, along with government, including on a national scale.’ Possible initiatives to develop the ICT workforce are:

  • Establish a Victorian Committee to support activities under the Australian Government’s Digital Careers Program;
  • Develop, through the Victorian Committee, a package of ICT career and course awareness activities targeting students and their influencers;
  • Commence implementation of Victorian careers awareness initiatives;
  • Industry to develop and lead a public campaign to improve understanding of ICT, explaining the importance of ICT in business;
  • Generate case studies /guidelines on best practice ICT employment;
  • Support VicICT for Women to deliver the Go Girl Go For IT event.
Possible actions to optimise the contribution ICT offers to businesses are:
  • Develop a business leaders’ education program to offer SME businesses practical advice on how to apply ICT to transform business performance;
  • Commence implementation of the business leaders’ ICT education program;
  • Improve the ability of business to conduct ICT workforce planning, leveraging the National Workforce Development Fund;
  • Develop a Victorian Public Service ICT capability framework;
  • Commence implementation of the ICT capability framework
Possible actions to improve the alignment of ICT teaching with business were:
  • Support education providers and industry to integrate ICT content into non-ICT disciplines, including business studies and the sciences;
  • Develop a work integrated learning program to embed business technology experience into appropriate courses;
  • Commence implementation of the work integrated learning program;
  • Develop an ICT graduate employment program in the Victorian Public Service (VPS);
  • Implement the VPS ICT graduate employment program;
  • Implement a program to provide international students in Victoria with scholarship-based work experience in government after graduating;
  • Support implementation of the ICT VET Pilot Pathways Project to improve the transition to an ICT career from VET qualifications.
The draft plan was open for public comment until 12 February. // "); // ]]>

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