Support for high tech skills in South Australia has begun in the SA government’s Skilling South Australia Initiative.
The initiative covers cyber security, IT, and other digital topics, and is targeted towards companies in the state seeking to build their capabilities in these sectors.
While manufacturers have not had to be as concerned with cyber security in the past, the sector’s adoption of advanced manufacturing strategies will hinge upon its cyber security readiness, according to the Australian Cyber Security Centre.
Minister for Innovation and Skills, David Pisoni, described how the program will run.
“The traineeship pilot program is ideal for general IT staff wanting to upskill in cyber security functions, with a customised approach to supporting participants and businesses with access to subsidised training,” he said.
In addition, as manufacturers seek to provide products and services to sectors that are exposed to cyber-attacks, cyber security readiness has become a sought-after component.
“There is a critical requirement for cyber-trained workers in industry sectors like defence, health, space, agribusiness and education, as well as the economy more broadly,” said Pisoni.
With these emerging trends in mind, reports of Australia’s lack of preparedness for the coming cyber age has been highlighted in dearth of workers and skills, as identified by AustCyber, the Australian Cyber Security Growth Centre.
Pisoni noted that short, upskilling courses such as this provide a way to overcome the shortage.
“This builds on the Marshall Government’s recent investment of $8.96 million to establish the Australian Cyber Collaboration Centre at Lot Fourteen,” he said.
“The centre aims to develop a nation-leading cyber ecosystem in South Australia that contributes to economic growth through new skills, new enterprise, new customers and new investment.”