Does your organisation need talented people with digital skills?

Hosting a Digital Jobs program participant is a great way to fast-track recruitment for digital roles and increase diversity in your digital team.

Digital Jobs is a $63.8 million nation-leading program that is upskilling 5,000 talented mid-career Victorians to transition into high-demand jobs in the digital economy.

Our participants are over 30 years of age, come from diverse backgrounds and have experience in a wide range of sectors. Digital Jobs has 58 per cent female participation, including women looking to return to professional work.

With newly acquired digital skills, demonstrated aptitude, and transferable skills from their previous careers our participants can make a valuable and immediate contribution to your business.

Employers receive a $5,000 wage subsidy for each 12-week work placement or entry level job offered to a program participant and have the option to retain the participant as an ongoing employee.

Interested in tapping into this new talent pool? Join the next Digital Jobs online information session to learn how your business can find great people for digital roles.

We also welcome a conversation to discuss the needs of your organisation.

Contact us to start the conversation.

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Industry backed training

Digital Jobs participants complete a free 12-week training course prior to applying for a work placement opportunity.

Each course is industry-backed and delivered by a leading university, TAFE or private training provider.

Training streams include:

  • Artificial intelligence (AI) / machine learning
  • Cloud computing
  • Customer relationship management (CRM)
  • Cyber security
  • Data analytics
  • Digital marketing
  • Enterprise resource planning (ERP)
  • IT operations and support
  • Product management
  • Programming / software development
  • Project management (agile)
  • User experience / user interface (UX/UI)
  • Web development

Selecting the best talent

Digital Jobs participants are selected on merit through a competitive three-step process which assesses their employability, as well as their propensity and readiness to move into a digital career.

Participants typically have 10 years of experience working across a wide variety of industries.

Our participants bring transferable skills and the following critical competencies:

  • growth mindset
  • resilience
  • planning and delivering
  • critical thinking
  • problem-solving
  • working with people
  • communication skills
  • digital literacy

Meet our participants

Meet Ghada: Establishing a new career in Australia as a cloud computing engineer with PwC Australia

Telecoms engineer Ghada joins PwC/a>

Read the video transcript and more about Ghada

Meet John: Transitioning into a cybersecurity career with Ltd

Digital Jobs opens up a new talent pool for Ltd

Read the video transcript and more about John's story

What businesses say about Digital Jobs

I think it’s a no brainer to get into the program, it’s been brilliant. They’re older people who are changing careers so they’re really passionate about it. They’re not straight out of uni and they bring life experience with them. Sally Williams, Tech Performance Lead, ANZ

Competition for talent is increasing as every business in Victoria races to build digital capability. More than two thirds of CEOs rank talent acquisition, retention and upskilling to meet a more digitised future as their greatest business challenge in 2022. Through Digital Jobs, we are backing Victorian businesses to build their digital capability.

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Join the wide range of small, medium and large organisations including ANZ, Microsoft, MYOB and Salesforce already hosting Digital Jobs participants.

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Frequently asked questions

We’re looking for eligible businesses to host one (or more) mid-career participants for a minimum of 12 weeks. Participants come with extensive work and life experience from prior careers and are newly trained and ready for an entry level digital role. Throughout the selection process you’ll have the opportunity to be matched with someone who is right for your work culture and the specific role you have available.

Participants complete 12 weeks of training in one of the following high-demand digital skill areas

  • Artificial intelligence (AI) / machine learning
  • Cloud computing
  • Customer relationship management (CRM)
  • Cyber security
  • Data analytics
  • Digital marketing
  • Enterprise resource planning (ERP)
  • IT operations and support
  • Product management
  • Programming / software development
  • Project management (agile)
  • User experience / user interface (UX/UI)
  • Web development

Access – to a new talent pool of 5000 mid-career people with digital skills.

Current skills – employ people recently trained through high-quality digital courses.

Better business results – the experience and maturity of Digital Jobs participants enables them to make an immediate and significant contribution to the work of your team.

Greater diversity – increase the diversity of your workforce through our talent pool which includes 58% women, 13% who are based in regional Victoria, and 58% who are culturally and linguistically diverse. Participants come from varied backgrounds and bring experience from working across a wide range of sectors – and they’re ready to help your business thrive.

Low risk and low cost – it’s easy and free to register. The 12-week work placement provides an opportunity to decide if your participant is the right fit for your business, with no obligations beyond the 12-week period. As a Digital Jobs business host, you’ll have access to this unique talent pool and receive a $5,000 wage subsidy for each 12-week work placement or entry level job you offer to a program participant.

Employers must:

  1. Be one of the following entity types:
    1. a company incorporated in Australia
    2. an incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust
    3. an incorporated association
    4. a partnership
    5. a joint (consortia) application with a lead organisation
    6. a [registered charity or] not for profit organisation
    7. a publicly funded research organisation
    8. an Australian local government body
    9. an Australian state or territory government body.
  2. Operate in Victoria (meaning the work placement opportunity/ies to which your application relate, must be located in Victoria)
  3. Hold an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  4. Have current WorkCover Insurance (or equivalent) for an unlimited amount that shall include liability under statute or common law
  5. Be registered with Worksafe
  6. Have met all industrial relations obligations as an employer in accordance with the National Employment Standards
  7. Have not had any working conditions breaches in the last five years
  8. Comply with the Fair Work Act, 2009

Your business will be provided with a $5,000 wage subsidy for each participant you host for a minimum of 12-weeks. You will also have support from our program delivery partner, InternMatch, who can assist throughout the placement journey.

You will provide information about the role(s) your business has available, and the type of skills you are looking for. Your role(s) will be advertised on the InternMatch platform which  will be used to identify and match participants for your business from our diverse talent pool. You can then review, interview and onboard suitable participants using your standard recruitment process.

Work placements, for the purposes of this program, are paid entry level digital positions. They are intended to provide the participant with an introduction to the business and/or industry and allow them to apply and extend digital skills in the context of the host business’s operations and current projects.

Most participants will be suited to entry-level digital roles as their technical knowledge will primarily be foundational. However, their prior work and life experience will ensure they have valuable transferable and soft skills, enabling a faster trajectory in your business.

The work arrangements for placements may be in-person, online, or a combination of both. This will depend on the arrangement you mutually agree on with the participant and regulations outlined by WorkSafe.

There is no obligation to retain participants beyond the 12-week tenure. You’ll have the opportunity to offer the participant a job or act as a referee for them. You are also more than welcome to take on new participants in future rounds.

A talent pool of digitally upskilled participants is always available. We have multiple recruitment rounds running throughout 2023 and into 2024, with the program closing on 30 June 2024. Courses will commence in January, May and September 2023 , with our final round commencing in January 2024.

A talent pool of digitally upskilled participants is always available, without restrictions on how many participants you take or how regularly you host them.   You could choose to host one or multiple participants at first and return for more at a later period or choose to regularly host participants for the duration of the program. You are welcome to contact the Digital Jobs team to discuss how access to this talent pool might best benefit your business.

Page last updated: 3 May 2023