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Support for SA businesses to boost cyber security skills

Almost 140 people will gain skills in cyber security, IT and high-tech sectors, under Skilling South Australia.


Skilling South Australia projects are helping local companies build the capability of their staff in these growing sectors and ensure they develop advanced skills for their workforce.


“Businesses will increase their capability through cyber security traineeships, and support their ICT staff to gain the latest industry skills through a $71,800 State Government funded project under the Skilling South Australia initiative,” Minister for Innovation and Skills David Pisoni said.


“Up to 20 workers at SAGE Group, SA Power Networks and DXC Technology will be the first to begin cyber security traineeships and I strongly encourage more companies to get involved.


“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.


“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.”


The two-year traineeship, includes a Certificate IV in Cyber Security, delivered by TAFE SA as an online study program.


The Certificate IV in Cyber Security was developed by AustCyber in collaboration with national industry partners and the South Australian traineeship was endorsed by the State’s Training and Skills Commission and South Australia’s Chief Information Security Officer David Goodman.


Modelling by the Training and Skills Commission estimates there will be 5,000 to 7,500 new job openings for ICT workers over the next five years in South Australia, with at least 800 to 1,500 of these staff requiring training in cyber security.


In addition, there are currently around 3,800 ICT workers in South Australia that require continued training in cyber security to increase and maintain their skill base.


“This is one of more than 90 Skilling South Australia projects, worth more than $17 million, funded by the State Government and co-designed with business and industry to drive apprenticeship and traineeship growth,” Minister Pisoni said.


SAGE General Manager of Business Services Jason Taylor said SAGE values the opportunity to accelerate employees’ capability in cyber security.


“We deliver automation and digital solutions for some of the biggest companies in defence, utilities, transport, and manufacturing, so a strong cyber security capability is not only important in protecting our business, but also allows us to develop and deliver secure systems for these clients,” Mr Taylor said.


“We see our role increasingly being as advisors to clients to identify security threats and improve their own systems, and this training will support this strategy.”


Businesses can find out more about applying for the cyber security traineeships by contacting MEGT on 13 69 63 or emailing: info@megt.com.au

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