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DDLS and AIICT to train participants of Victorian Government’s new Digital Jobs Program

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Training providers will deliver in-demand digital skills for Victorian workers seeking a new career

Sydney, Australia – 07 September 2021 – DDLS, Australia’s largest provider of corporate IT and cybersecurity training, and subsidiary organisation The Australian Institute of ICT (AIICT), will deliver high quality 12-week training courses as part of the Victorian Government’s new Digital Jobs program.

With the COVID-19 pandemic significantly increasing the demand for digital skills, and Victoria working to meet the needs of a growing, digital economy, the program helps build the state’s digital workforce by upskilling mid-career Victorians so they can transition into digital careers. As well as training, each participant will also undertake a 12-week internship with a Victorian business, and receive mentoring throughout the six month program, to assist them in finding long term employment beyond the program.

DDLS and AIICT joins a selection of industry-backed training providers, delivering courses in areas including Cybersecurity, Cloud, Artificial intelligence and Machine learning, Digital marketing, and Agile project management, with the potential to provide additional courses in Web development, Programming/software development and Data analytics.

Jon Lang, CEO of DDLS says, “With 30 years of experience delivering in-demand, digital skills to Australia’s workforce, we are excited to be part of the Victorian Government’s Digital Jobs Program. This program will be a crucial step in fixing Australia’s severe IT and cybersecurity skills shortages, which were made significantly worse when COVID-19 hit.

“The pandemic has caused significant unemployment in certain areas, meanwhile there is a critical shortage in digital skills. It’s fantastic to see the Victorian Government taking a hands-on approach to addressing this issue by re-skilling mid-career Victorians into a high-demand area, which will aid Australia’s economic recovery in the future. However, we really need this program to be replicated in all states and territories across Australia, if we are going to truly tackle the skills gap,” added Lang.

Minister for Innovation Jaala Pulford said the Government was committed to growing Victoria’s pipeline of tech talent.

“We know the demand for digital talent is increasing rapidly, and the Digital Jobs program has been designed to build our tech workforce and create new opportunities for Victorians.”

“It’s fantastic to see The Australian Institute of ICT at DDLS jumping on board. Their involvement will mean participants will learn from one of the state’s best training providers, equipping them with great skills for the next stage of their career.”

Successful applicants work with recruitment agency Hudson to find the most suitable course according to their career goals. After the participants complete their chosen 12-week course, they are placed into a 12-week digital internship in a Victorian business, to help them further develop their new skills.  Around 500 participants will begin their training each quarter, for the next three years.  

The courses developed by DDLS/AIICT feature content from industry leaders such as Microsoft, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google, and provide students with access to a state-of-the-art digital learning platform, which allows participants to move through the course content at a flexible pace.

The platform utilises a variety of tailored learning experiences, including video content, quizzes, hands-on labs and webinars, and connects students with a carefully curated group of experts, who are on-hand to mentor them through the course content and answer any questions.

Joining the Digital Jobs program is the latest in a series of milestones for the DDLS Group, with AIICT experiencing 571% growth in revenue the 2020-21 financial year. The organisations have also collectively introduced over 100 new courses and trained over 11,000 students.

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About AIICT

The Australian Institute of ICT (AIICT) is a start-up launched by DDLS, Australia’s largest provider of vendor-certified cybersecurity and ICT training in Australia. Launched in 2019, AIICT was designed to provide those in the ICT and cybersecurity industries, or those looking to enter the industries with the most contemporary, relevant, and future-focused skills needed to succeed. As an operational division of DDLS, AIICT aims to provide online, self-paced, and nationally accredited cybersecurity and ICT training, leveraging the experience, skills and knowledge DDLS has accumulated as leaders in this industry for more than 30 years. The training is delivered via the Moodle LMS platform and leverages world renowned content from CompTIA, Skillsoft, Microsoft, Pluralsight and LinkedIn Learning.