The program is being launched as part of Cyber Week and involves a suite of secondary school based resources which will allow students to gain hands-on experience of designing smart integrated systems and protecting them from cyber-attack.
NSW Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said the education-industry partnership facilitated by NSW Cyber Security Innovation Node would support jobs of the future.
“Building cyber security talent is critical for NSW to benefit from the significant opportunities presented by emerging digital technologies,” Minister Ayres said.
“Not only is cyber security a growing sector for high value jobs, strong cyber literacy will support the acceleration of the digital economy. This is great news as we set the state up for economic recovery.”
Minster for Skills and Tertiary Education Geoff Lee said cyber security is an exciting industry with many employment opportunities in NSW.
“Industry needs a pipeline of cyber security experts to fight off attacks of this kind now and into the future,” Minister Lee said.
“Partnerships like this with a world renowned employer, IBM, will deliver state of the art training for a workforce in rewarding and high paying careers.”
Earlier this year IBM announced a partnership with the NSW Cyber Security Innovation Node to bolster existing ‘cyber-STEM’ workforce program with IBM’s Open P-TECH platform.
The platform helps students and teachers build knowledge on topics including cyber security and cloud computing through online digital courses where students earn ‘digital badges’ to add to their resumes.
IBM Corporate Social Responsibility Lead at IBM A/NZ, Jade Moffat said "Open P-TECH brings components of the P-TECH program for free to a larger audience beyond the 220 P-TECH schools globally and is a response to the growing need for emerging technology-related roles in areas such as such as cyber security, where flexible and relevant credentials and skills are paramount."
Michelle Price, AustCyber CEO said, she welcomes the latest collaboration between industry, government and education.
“We need to continue to work at meeting the 17,000 new cyber security professional needed by 2026 to fill the skills gap identified in Australia’s Cyber Security Competitiveness Plan 2019,” Price said.
“Attracting students to the cyber security talent pipeline early within secondary education is a key factor for building the cyber workforce. Engagement in iSTEM will help to foster and develop students’ knowledge, encouraging a pathway into the cyber workforce by engaging in practical tasks encouraging investigation and connections into pursuing cyber careers.”