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High demand for digital skills training as government boosts investment in IT capability

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28 July 2017

High demand for digital skills training as government boosts investment in IT capability

Government is investing in programs to attract and retain talent in its digital workforce.

Demand is high for digital skillstraining, with up to 300 cadets and 700 apprentices expected to apply for Digital Transformation Agency (DTA)training programs currently recruiting.

The DTA is aiming to place 250 digital entry level staff in government agencies across Australia in the next 12 months.

Assistant Minister for Digital Transformation Angus Taylor said skilled staff were crucial to government delivering effective digital services.

“The private sector is well ahead of us in terms of signing up talent. We want the next group of digital superstars to see government as a great place to start their career,” Assistant Minister Taylor said.

As part of a $13.9 million Budget commitment over three years to build digital capability, the DTA and the Australian Public Service Commission have started design work on future digital literacy programs aimed at:

 Attracting new talent for digital roles, through expanding existing ICT entry-level programs  Identifying and establishing training opportunities through the Digital Marketplace  Increasing talent retention through defining digital career pathways, opening up new opportunities and better ongoing support

 Developing digital skills for executives which will enable better service delivery.

Chief Digital Officer Peter Alexander will lead the digital capability building and delivery functions within the DTA.

Applications for the DTA’s 2018 apprenticeship program close 4 August and cadetships close 11 August. For more information on entry level training programs visit

To learn more about how the DTA is building digital capability:

Media contact: Sarah Bucknell 0448 111 669