Australia’s 2019-2020 budget has been released, promising investment to boost digital skills to ensure Australians are prepared for careers in the digital age.
The federal government handed down its budget on 2 April, with $525.3 million set aside for investment in vocational education as part of the Delivering Skills for Today and Tomorrow package.
This will include a new literacy, language, numeracy and digital skills program to upskill at-risk workers and ensure young Australians are prepared for career opportunities in the digital age.
A National Skills Commission will also be established to work with the states and territories to develop a nation-wide approach to skills development focused on industry as well as student needs.
A portion of the funds, $41.7 million over four years, will be used to pilot skills organisations to develop skills in high demand, such as IT, advanced manufacturing and cyber security. An additional $67.5 million over five years will be used to trial 10 national training hubs in regional areas that have high youth unemployment to create links between schools and local industries facing skills shortages.
This budget highlights the importance of digital literacy for the workers of the future and emphasises the importance of improving collaboration between businesses and education providers.
A version of this article first appeared on Innovation Aus.com.