Businesses

Does your organisation need talented people with digital skills?

Hosting a Digital Jobs program participant is a great way to fast-track recruitment for digital roles and increase diversity in your digital team.

Digital Jobs is a $63.8 million nation-leading program that is upskilling 5,000 talented mid-career Victorians to transition into high-demand jobs in the digital economy.

Our participants are over 30 years of age, come from diverse backgrounds and have experience in a wide range of sectors. Digital Jobs has 55 per cent female participation, including women looking to return to professional work.

With newly acquired digital skills, demonstrated aptitude, and transferable skills from their previous careers our participants can make a valuable and immediate contribution to your business.

Employers receive a $5,000 wage subsidy for each 12-week work placement offered and have the option to retain the participant as an ongoing employee.

Interested in tapping into this new talent pool? We welcome a conversation to discuss the needs of your organisation.

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Industry backed training

Digital Jobs participants complete a free 12-week training course prior to applying for a work placement opportunity.

Each course is industry-backed and delivered by a leading university, TAFE or private training provider.

Training streams include:

  • AI/machine learning
  • Cloud computing
  • Cyber security
  • Programming
  • Product management
  • Project management
  • UX/UI
  • Digital marketing
  • Data analytics
  • IT operations & support
  • Web development

Selecting the best talent

Digital Jobs participants are selected on merit through a competitive three-step process which assesses their employability, as well as their propensity and readiness to move into a digital career.

Participants typically have 10 years of experience working across a wide variety of industries.

Our participants bring transferable skills and the following critical competencies:

  • growth mindset
  • resilience
  • planning and delivering
  • critical thinking
  • problem-solving
  • working with people
  • communication skills
  • digital literacy

Meet our participants

Meet Ghada: Establishing a new career in Australia as a cloud computing engineer with PwC Australia

Telecoms engineer Ghada joins PwC/a>

Read the video transcript and more about Ghada

Meet John: Transitioning into a cybersecurity career with carsales.com Ltd

Digital Jobs opens up a new talent pool for carsales.com Ltd

Read the video transcript and more about John's story

What businesses say about Digital Jobs

I think it’s a no brainer to get into the program, it’s been brilliant. They’re older people who are changing careers so they’re really passionate about it. They’re not straight out of uni and they bring life experience with them. Sally Williams, Tech Performance Lead, ANZ

Competition for talent is increasing as every business in Victoria races to build digital capability. More than two thirds of CEOs rank talent acquisition, retention and upskilling to meet a more digitised future as their greatest business challenge in 2022. Through Digital Jobs, we are backing Victorian businesses to build their digital capability.

Join today

Join the wide range of small, medium and large organisations including ANZ, Microsoft, Salesforce and Siemens already hosting Digital Jobs participants.

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Program partners

Digital Jobs program partners are ANZ, AWS, Carsales, Cenitex, Cognizant, Computershare, Infosys, Microsoft, MYOB, NCS, Salesforce, Siemens, Swisse, Sypaq, Zendesk.

Frequently asked questions

We’re looking for eligible businesses and organisations to host one (or more) trained mid-career participants for a minimum of 12 weeks. Throughout the selection process you’ll have the opportunity to be matched with someone who is right for your work culture and the specific role.

Digital Jobs caters for a range of businesses, from large corporations with established digital departments through to small businesses who may be at the beginning of their digital journey.

Access – to a new talent pool of 5000 mid-career people with digital skills.

Current skills – employ people recently trained through high-quality digital courses.

Better business results – the experience and maturity of Digital Jobs candidates enables them to make an immediate and significant contribution to the work of your team.

Greater diversity – increase the diversity of your workforce through our talent pool which has 53 per cent women, is multicultural (61 per cent of our candidates speak more than one language) and includes people from diverse previous careers.

Low risk and low cost – it’s easy and free to register, and the no obligation 12-week job placement provides an opportunity to decide if your candidate will be a great fit for your business.

Give back – help our candidates, many who had their careers disrupted by COVID-19 to launch a much-needed new career.

Contribute to the economy – support recovery by helping the Victorian economy grow its digital capability to meet the needs of today and into the future.

Candidates complete 12 weeks of training in one of the following high-demand digital skill areas

  • Artificial intelligence/machine learning
  • Cloud computing
  • Cyber security
  • Data analytics
  • Digital marketing
  • IT operations and support
  • Product management
  • Project management (agile)
  • Software programming /development
  • UX/UI
  • Web development

Participating businesses will receive a $5,000 wage subsidy for each job placement offered.

Candidates must be employed directly for a minimum of 12 weeks, at minimum wage or above. There is no obligation for businesses to employ the candidate(s) beyond this period.

We run a competitive recruitment process to find talented, motivated Victorians aged over 30 with around 10 years of work experience from a diverse range of industries and backgrounds. We’re particularly interested in supporting women, regional Victorians and those who’ve been affected by COVID-19.

All participants will have recently graduated from a 12-week digital course with one of Victoria's top training providers and bring experience from previous careers or roles, with valuable transferable skills and soft skills that will enable them to make an immediate contribution to the workplace.

Each 12-week placement should enable candidates to undertake meaningful work within their host business. The role should be project-based and utilise the candidate’s newly gained digital skills.

Most candidates will be suited to entry-level digital roles as their technical knowledge will primarily be foundational. However, their prior work experience will ensure they have valuable transferable and soft skills, positioning them for a fast trajectory.

There is no obligation to retain participants beyond the 12-week tenure. You’ll have the opportunity to offer the candidate a job or act as a referee for them. You are also more than welcome to take on new candidates in future rounds.

The Victorian Government has designed the Digital Jobs program in consultation with industry and training providers to help address the increasing demand for digital skills.

Digital Jobs seeks to upskill Victorians aged over 30 and support them to transition into digital jobs.

The Victorian Government recognises the wealth of knowledge, experience and skills that mid-career Victorians bring to the workplace, and particularly seeks to support women and people living in regional Victoria or those whose jobs have been affected by COVID to participate in the program.

By building a strong workforce of Victorians with digital skills, the program is also supporting Victorian businesses to build their digital capability or find workers with digital skills.

Over the next three years, up to 5,000 Victorians are expected to complete the program.

The Victorian Government is investing $64 million over four years in the Digital Jobs program.

Digital Jobs is a Victorian Government program. To help us deliver the program we’re working with industry, training providers, a work placement provider and recruitment service.

The Victorian Government is working with Hudson Australia to run a competitive selection process.

We have partnered with these leading universities, TAFEs and private providers to deliver training:

  • Academy Xi
  • Bendigo
  • Kangan Institute
  • Cyber CS
  • DDLS
  • Federation University
  • General Assembly
  • Generation Australia
  • Goanna Education
  • La Trobe University
  • Monash College
  • RMIT Online
  • The University of Melbourne
  • Victoria University Polytechnic

Find out more about the training courses.

Every Victorian business, from the largest company to the most compact small business, must keep pace with digital innovation.

Whether it’s developing a website or app, setting up customer relationship management (CRM), data analytics and cyber security – digital capability is an essential part of a business.

If you take on a job candidate, your business will be provided with a $5,000 wage subsidy.

Employers must:

  1. Be one of the following entity types:
    1. a company incorporated in Australia
    2. an incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust
    3. an incorporated association
    4. a partnership
    5. a joint (consortia) application with a lead organisation
    6. a [registered charity or] not for profit organisation
    7. a publicly funded research organisation
    8. an Australian local government body
    9. an Australian state or territory government body.
  2. Operate in Victoria (meaning the internship opportunity/ies to which your application relate, must be located in Victoria)
  3. Hold an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  4. Have current WorkCover Insurance (or equivalent) for an unlimited amount that shall include liability under statute or common law
  5. Be registered with Worksafe
  6. Have met all industrial relations obligations as an employer in accordance with the National Employment Standards
  7. Have not had any working conditions breaches in the last five years
  8. Comply with the Fair Work Act, 2009

Employers must:

  1. Employ the participant directly, for a minimum duration of 12 weeks full time, or equivalent (e.g. half time at 6 months).
  2. Offer the participant full time working hours, or negotiate a part time arrangement if it is agreeable to the participant.
  3. Meet all industrial relations obligations as an employer in accordance with the National Employment Standards.
  4. Pay the participant at least the relevant minimum wage.
  5. Ensure that the participant will undertake work that:
    1. provides them with an opportunity to learn and apply their newly acquired digital skills
    2. is broadly relevant to the subject area they have studied, or complements those skills
    3. is ideally project or product based with defined deliverables.
  6. Provide the participant adequate support, including:
    1. the assignment of a supervisor and the provision of contact details
    2. an appropriate induction and onboarding phase, providing relevant briefings on safety standards, site access, normal hours of work, emergency details and other elements as appropriate
    3. a minimum 10 hours a week of staff time (~25 per cent of FTE) dedicated to supervising the participant and towards their learning and development (i.e. by the supervisor and/or other employee(s))
  7. Supply the participant with necessary equipment and resources for undertaking the internship.
  8. Report any work health and safety incidents regarding the participant to the delivery partner (InternMatch) within two working days.
  9. Conduct reporting as required by DJPR or InternMatch.

Job placements, for the purposes of this program, are paid entry level digital positions. They are intended to provide the participant with an introduction to the business and/or industry, and allow them to apply and learn digital skills in the context of the host business’s operations and current projects.

Job placements under the Digital Jobs program must be equivalent to at least 12 weeks in duration and pay at least the minimum wage.

Check your business is eligible (please refer to the criteria listed in these FAQs).

Check your business is able to comply with the employer obligations (refer to the obligations for businesses listed in these FAQs).

Apply

You will provide information about the role(s) your business has available, and the type of skills you are looking for.

This information will be used to identify a suitable shortlist of candidates for you to interview.

Candidates are selected and assessed through a multi-stage competitive process. The Victorian Government has engaged Hudson Australia to run the participantselection process and InternMatch to match participants to businesses.

For more information on candidates, please visit our candidate's page.

We have multiple recruitment rounds running throughout 2022 and 2023, with the program closing on 30 June 2024. Courses will commence in January, May and September each year, with our final round commencing in January 2024.the program will close on 30 June 2024

The job placement may be in person or online, or a combination so long as your business is able to comply with your obligations and the arrangement is mutually agreed.

Page last updated: 18 November 2022