The Tasmanian Government has released its ICT action plan that recognises to be globally competitive, the Tasmanian economy needs an ICT workforce with the capacity, capability and diversity of talent to embrace emerging technologies to engage with the global digital economy.
Key Issues —
The ICT action plan for Tasmania recognises that the state needs to have a sufficient pipeline of technology professionals that can meet the demands of the digital economy. It notes that with declining enrolments and low completion rates for vocational education and training (VET) tertiary ICT courses, a key challenge for the supply pipeline is how to encourage more young Tasmanians to pursue an ICT education and career.
Following stakeholder consultation, the need to increase engagement of school students in technology through the delivery of high-quality programs was identified. The state and schools also need to make relevant and accurate information about ICT career paths readily available to help strengthen the supply pipeline.
Consultation has found that businesses are struggling to find suitably skilled talent, while at the same time ICT graduates are struggling to find employment. Industry feedback indicates that graduate job-readiness is an ongoing barrier, with employers seeking broader and more up-to-date skills. Employers are increasingly favouring candidates with vendor certifications.
Document Download —
2020-23 ICT Tasmanian Workforce Plan [PDF]
Strengthened partnerships between education and industry stakeholders that provide opportunities for curriculum co-creation is needed. This also includes new models for work and integrating learning with real-world experience to enhance the quality and relevance of education and training products. This will ensure that ICT graduates possess the combination of technical and enterprise skills necessary to transition into the workforce.
The Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA) has welcomed the development of the plan; however, it notes that greater emphasis needs to be placed on the role of independent tertiary education providers which have the capacity to support the development of Tasmania’s ICT workforce.
Member Engagement —
ITECA’s ability to play a lead role in matters associated with this issue rests on the advice and guidance of individuals serving on the ITECA Vocational Education Reference Committee.
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