In response to a nation-wide skills shortage, TAFE NSW is urging women and girls to look into IT careers and consider non-traditional tech paths
Women represent half of the population, but you wouldn’t know it if you looked at your average tech office. Only 28 per cent of IT workers in Australia and 23 per cent in New Zealand are female, which is crazy considering that by 2023 there’s predicted to be 3.5 million job openings in cybersecurity alone.
Lucky TAFEs and unis are dedicated to increasing numbers of female tech grads – training and up-skilling future future employees, as the sector is forecasted to grow by one million jobs by 2025.
Women in Technology Board Director, Bec Langdon stresses that ensuring the surging technology industry has the workforce to meet demand is crucial.
“In Australia we have the opportunity to cross skill and upskill women to strengthen and advance the tech workforce. With the focus on new ways of thinking and working, there has never been a better time to bring economic benefit through more women in the tech sector.”
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With solid computer science skills in big demand, but not enough graduates coming through – TAFE NSW has responded by offering its ICT courses at campuses across the state.
And considering that The National Skills Commission has indicated that skills shortages have expanded outside of major cities and into our regional areas, it’s a major plus for communities outside the city centre too.
TAFE NSW graduate Aliza Faisal from Plumpton is one of the many female students who is working to change the face of the technology industry and even out the 3:1 ratio of men to women in the sector.
Within a month of completing her Certificate IV in Information Technology and a Diploma in Website Development at TAFE NSW, she was offered a full-time role as Front End Developer at Hogarth and gained entry to the Bachelor of Information Technology at the University of Technology, Sydney.
“The tech industry is booming and women are making waves in the tech industry, which is really inspiring,” says Aliza. “I’m thankful to have been introduced to the world of coding by a teacher who explained concepts in a way that made sense and gave us the opportunity to implement those concepts in real life projects.”
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Author: Cassie Steel
As Refraction’s digital editor, Cassie Steel spends her days researching robots and stalking famous scientists on Twitter.