Disadvantaged young people set up for digital jobs

Published: 26 October 2018

The Victorian Government is partnering with not-for-profit social enterprise Infoxchange to bridge the digital divide by giving disadvantaged youth in Geelong and Wangaratta the skills they need to get into digital tech jobs.

The $420,000 pilot program delivered through the Connecting Regional Communities Program  will give young people in these two communities the opportunity to step into the state's tech workforce by giving them access to training and industry connections that would otherwise be out of reach.

Infoxchange will work with around 50 youths in Geelong and Wangaratta helping them gain the skills they need for the jobs of the future and industry connections to get traineeships and sustainable employment.

As part of the program, participants will undertake a Certificate III in Information and Digital Media and Technology.

Throughout the pilot program, Infoxchange will work collaboratively with the Barwon (Geelong) and Ovens Murray (Wangaratta) Regional Partnerships who identified a need for further education to boost digital and professional skills and employment in the two regions.

Research has identified that many regional and rural communities are less likely than those in urban centres to have the necessary skills to drive digital progress but stand to gain the same or possibly greater, benefits from leveraging digital technologies.

The Victorian Government is currently working with each of the state's Regional Partnerships to develop Digital Plans that will identify priority areas that will address the digital divide in each region.

The government today announced it has established a Regional Digital Fund that will deliver $2.5 million for small-scale priority digital projects through the Connecting Regional Communities Program.

Eligible projects will be identified by Regional Partnerships as part of the Digital Plans currently being developed. The Digital Plans of each of Victoria's nine regional Partnerships will be completed in the coming months.

Page last updated: 26 October 2018