The Victorian government has announced more than $940,000 to support cutting-edge cyber security training and equipment under its Regional and Specialist Training Fund.
State Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney and the Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison today visited FedUni TAFE’s Mount Helen campus to announce the funding, which is to assist FedUni TAFE to build a dedicated IT laboratory, complete with industry-leading equipment, to create a simulated network environment. This in turn will assist FedUni TAFE to deliver the Certificate IV in Cyber Security.
“We are making sure Ballarat students have access to the equipment and training they need, so they can get jobs in in cyber security and IT,” Tierney said.
“Free TAFE has changed people’s lives. It gives people confidence and new skills. It supports career changes and ensures that local businesses have the workers they need.”
FedUni TAFE is working with IT companies IBM and CT4 to ensure this course is fit-for-purpose and that graduates have access to cyber security job opportunities with these employers.
The Certificate IV in Cyber Security course has been made tuition-free from 2019 under the Free TAFE program, which has seen more than 19,000 students enrolled in Free TAFE courses, driving a doubling of commencements compared to the same TAFE courses at the same time last year.
The stated purpose of the Regional and Specialist Training Fund is to enable training to be delivered that meets industry-led demand for specific skills in regions, and specialist areas that are not being adequately met in the current training market.