As the IT sector in Australia continues to grow, the number of upcoming skilled workers needed to fulfil future roles is not growing fast enough to meet the demand. Australia is currently facing a shortage of skilled IT specialists on an immense scale.
Research conducted by the government shows a yearly 21.5% rise in the demand for ICT professionals. That’s 11,600 vacancies a year!
A number of companies are considering or have already moved many of their technical jobs offshore, and going forward, it will be more difficult for Australian businesses to employ individuals with the right skills and experience if our up and coming generations are not encouraged to pursue a career in technology.
So how will this skills shortage affect your business over the coming years, and what can you do to combat it?
In order to address the skill gap shortage in Australia, CompTIA is investing in a pre-career professional certification – IT Fundamentals for Students – that introduces basic technology knowledge and skills to help young adults decide if a career in IT is right for them. Students aged 25 and under in both Australia and New Zealand will be provided with FREE courseware materials and certification exam vouchers to help become certified in CompTIA IT Fundamentals.
There may be great demand (and great rewards) for jobs in IT – like Database Administration, Hardware and Software Development, Project Management, Programming and Security – but many younger people don’t know where to start.
You can help.
Do you know someone who has a passion for technology but is not sure they can have a successful IT career? Or someone who is coming to the end of their school education, but doesn’t know what to do next?
Point them to this website and help us develop a future-ready workforce.
More information on the program is available at https://certs.comptia.org/itfanz/