Australians lack awareness about what technology jobs exist or how to get into them, according to a new roadmap to solving the sector’s hungry for more workers.
An outstanding report prepared by The Tech Council of Australia , Accenture and Digital Skills Organisation titled Delivering 1.2 million jobs – “A roadmap to create a thriving Australian tech workforce”, explains what it will take to meet the new Labor government’s election pledge of having 1.2 million tech workers in Australia by 2030.
Australia currently has around 860,000 people employed in the sector and Labor aligned its promise with the TCA’s ambition to create more than 300,000 tech jobs over the next 8 years.
The report makes interesting reading for High School Careers Advisers and calls for greater awareness of tech career opportunities in schools. The report finds, 45% of students say they not taught about digital careers in schools and further 49% of students say they don’t know where to start to look for a tech career.
In collaboration with CSIRO, MyCareerMatch Recruit created a Digital Career Profile to match a student’s personality and strengths to careers in technology. The tech report is offered as part of the suite of reports delivered to high schools as part of their career guidance programs. We engage directly with students, parents and careers advisors encouraging young people to choose a career that matches their personal strengths.
The tech industry offers many more exciting opportunities than parents realise, and given they are the source most students turn to for career advice it’s important to engage with them as influencers. For me the focus should be on parents and careers advisers. They are the “go-to” for career advice and we need to promote tech career opportunities to them if we want to achieve the targets Australia needs.
Let’s help you start a “tech career drive” to attract young people by encouraging and inspiring high schools students to choose a career in technology.