Cisco Australia’s general manager of government affairs and policy Tim Fawcett shares the below point of view
As we focus on the recently released national employment data, we see fresh evidence from Indeed, the world’s largest jobs engine, which reinforces the problem of the IT skills gap.
In its analysis of jobs vacancies over the past few months, Indeed.com a worldwide job site, has identified a growing need in Australia for IT workers with “specific skills sets like software engineers, which remain in great demand”.
When we talk with our customers and partners, whether they are working across banking, retail, education, healthcare, services or even resources, we hear one thing – there is a real demand for people who can combine managerial and other skills, such as innovation, with a solid and real, industry-ready technology base.
That’s why more than 15 years ago, Cisco Australia invested in the Cisco Networking Academy program, which has since trained more than 105,000 Australian students and provided them with the skills necessary to gain employment or further their careers in the networking industry. Today, over 20,700 Australian students are enrolled in Cisco Network Academy, 11% are women.
Moreover, it is within this context that in late 2013, Cisco announced that it will invest in the development of 400,000 networking professionals over the next five years, to help address the IT skills shortage in Asia Pacific – and specifically, in Australia. Transitioning to a higher value, more productive and innovative economy will be challenging – we have seen first-hand evidence of that this week – but there is no going back.