Blockchain, virtual reality and data science are just some topics in the DIGITREK21 schedule — a progressive TAFE Queensland program providing insight into future-focused industry sectors.

Starting in April, TAFE Queensland along with event partner Southern Cross University will host free digital technology workshops and seminars with industry specialists to deliver experiences, expand networks and augment professional development.

Everyone is welcome to attend the Gold Coast based workshops over the six week program with some sessions virtually streamed enabling anyone from across Australia to get involved.

TAFE Queensland General Manager on the Gold Coast, Karen Dickinson said the DIGITREK21 program is a great stepping stone for anyone looking for a taste of digital skills for further study or to use in the workplace.

“The program is suited for students, the public, and educators alike as it will provide professional development opportunities as well as fundamental skills and knowledge to pursue further education in fields with plenty of job opportunities,” said Ms Dickinson.

Ms Dickinson said TAFE Queensland is committed to meeting high-demand skill shortages by enhancing access to knowledge and training to prepare the community for the jobs of the future.

“DIGITREK21 has been specifically designed to help participants build skills across emerging digital industries such as cyber security, big data, gaming, mixed reality and much more,” she said.

Schools Program Project Manager from the Australian Computer Society, Matthew Jorgensen said demand for jobs like cyber security specialists is growing and DIGITREK21 is designed to help meet that need.

“There is no better industry to enter right now than the tech industry. Careers in blockchain, immersive tech, cyber security and artificial intelligence are all well paid, flexible and constantly evolving,” said Mr Jorgensen.

“Cyber security is a particularly fertile career choice with the Australian cybersecurity sector expected to create an extra 18,000 jobs and triple in value to AU$6 billion by 2026,” he said.

Mr Jorgensen said DIGITREK21 has the potential to positively influence the lives of many young Queenslanders for years to come.

“The technologies on display through workshops, discussion panels, presentations and networking events include both the building blocks of a modern world and the future of consumer and business solutions."

“Participants will unpack concepts and learn new tech skills to open up a new world of possibility for a brilliant career in ICT,” he said.

Funded by Study Gold Coast Education Vision Project Fund, DIGITREK21 is open to anyone with a keen interest in future-focused jobs who want the chance to network with businesses and educators and gain information about career pathways.




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