Digital Skills Cadetship Trial

The Digital Skills Cadetship Trial will provide $10.7 million to support innovative approaches to cadetships for digital career paths, in order to increase the number of Australians with digital skills. 

About the initiative

The Australian Government is pleased to announce that four organisations were successful in tendering for the delivery of cadetship projects funded under the Digital Skills Cadetships Trial.

The cadetship projects will be driven by employer demand for skills in emerging and priority digital fields, including cybersecurity, data analytics and cloud computing.

Priority cadet cohorts include individuals who are changing careers, who have been displaced as a result of COVID-19, or are returning to the workforce, particularly women.

Each organisation will trial a different approach to rapidly upskill people for digital roles over a 4-6 month period, with a diverse range of digital skills and priority cohorts to be targeted.

The cadetship projects will blend formal training with on-the-job learning and mentoring. Cadets will put their newly acquired digital skills into practice with employers who will be matched with the tech talent they need.

Cadetship projects will test a range of training strategies using accredited and non-accredited vocational education and training and industry recognised courses offered by global technology companies.

The organisations contracted to deliver the cadetship projects are:

  • MEGT (Australia) Ltd
    • In partnership with the Institute of Applied Technology in Digital Tech, Prodigy Learning, Women in Technology and supported by Microsoft Australia, MEGT (Australia) will assist women across Australia to embark upon a career in data analytics, cloud computing or cybersecurity using Microsoft certifications and specialist micro credentials.
  • Goanna Solutions (Education) Pty Ltd
    • Goanna Solutions (Education), an Aboriginal owned and operated tech education to employment solution company and Registered Training Organisation specialising in ICT, will provide accredited vocational education and training and industry recognised vendor training across various digital career pathways.
    • The project will target diverse groups including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women, mature-aged career changers and regionally based participants.
  • The Creative Co-operation Pty Ltd
    • The project will provide structured, industry recognised digital skills training to meet the real-life work requirements of small businesses and start-up organisations, with a particular focus on cultural and linguistically diverse women and youth.
  • Community Corporate Pty Ltd
    • The project will provide refugees and humanitarian migrants with digital skills training in cloud computing using ServiceNow qualifications and on-the-job placements with large employers.

Government funding will cover the costs involved in identifying skills needs, developing training programs and materials, delivering training, and facilitating mentoring support. Host employers will be responsible for all employment related costs (e.g. salary).

The Trial will test the effectiveness and benefits of new, innovative and diverse approaches to rapidly upskill participants for applied digital technology roles. It will generate valuable insights into approaches to strengthen collaboration between employers and education and training providers, and identify opportunities to enhance Australia’s national education and training system.

Cadetship projects will commence shortly and run until the end of 2023.

View the Minister's media release.

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