Building Digital Skills
Digital knowledge and skills are an essential foundation for digital jobs, transformation and future success. A whole of community learning approach will be needed to reach our full potential.
Skills development is a common thread across each of our five digital directions. Digital learning is the foundation for capability development and shaping a digital-centric culture across our communities, with Territorians ready and skilled for the future.
Digital technology is moulding and changing the jobs of the future. The emergence of disruptive technologies like 3D printers, drones, quantum computers, automation and robotics are already beginning to influence workplaces and sectors.
From an early age, there needs to be a focus on core subjects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) which are essential to building a digitally savvy workforce that the local business sector will need.
People in remote communities, women and girls, and those re-entering the workforce need opportunities and support to secure digital jobs, with tailored training to ensure success.
There are a range of digital skills required across a range of new and emerging fields including coding, computers and network management. These new fields won't only require technical skills; interpersonal and entrepreneurial skills such as collaboration, problem solving, creative thinking and leadership will also be critical.
Skills and learning are not just about jobs. There are broader social, safety and health benefits to be gained from helping people across the community to be more digitally savvy. Improving digital knowledge and confidence for vulnerable groups, such as senior Territorians, will enable people to access digital services and applications, remain actively engaged and keep in touch with family and friends.
Safety online and personal cyber security advice delivered through digital literacy programs will prepare new digital users and increase awareness and understanding of risks among digital users, as well as how to manage those risks and stay protected online.
Digital skills expansion will enable Territorians to be sought after, competitive and ready for the workforce of the future and be confident users in a technology driven world.
We will achieve this by...
Providing digital learning opportunities for Territorians from early schooling to mature age, increasing their digital capability.
Fostering future digital innovators through expanding access to STEM programs and specialised training opportunities.
Building a digital ready workforce and a digitally smart community through programs and policies that encourage and support Territorians to improve their digital skills.
Creating pathways and job opportunities for Territorians in the digital sector, particularly those living in rural and remote areas, those returning to the workforce, women and girls and Aboriginal Territorians.
Enabling Territorians to protect themselves online through cyber smart practices.
Key Focus Areas
Grow the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) capabilities of Territory children to ensure they have the digital skills needed for future careers or to create their own opportunities.
Develop Digital skills
Develop Territorians' digital knowledge and skills to take up new opportunities in the digital industry in the Northern Territory or to find new and better ways of doing business.
Encourage people from all age groups, backgrounds and places across the Territory to expand their digital know-how to get the most from new technology and stay connected.
Establish cyber security and data science education opportunities to grow these specialised and in-demand skillsets.
What you said:
Digital knowledge leads to endless possibilities and even the opportunity to work remotely without moving.Digital Strategy Public Forum – Darwin
ICT and STEAM more broadly need to become foundational from the earliest levels of education.Higher Education Consulting Group
Create Territory-wide, industry-wide opportunities for internships and apprenticeships for entry level jobs.NEC
Education and training are key to helping our workers of today to transition into new digital jobs.Australian Computer Society
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STEM and STEAM Centres of Excellence
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