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Tuesday, 30 March 2021 10:02

Micro-skills marketplace gets $2.7m grant for next phase of growth

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Suzanne Steele: "Since launch, we've been approached by a number of countries looking to replicate Skill Finder for their citizens." Suzanne Steele: "Since launch, we've been approached by a number of countries looking to replicate Skill Finder for their citizens." Supplied

The Federal Government has given a grant of $2.7 million to Skill Finder, the digital micro-skills marketplace developed by the Australian technology industry.

The group that set up Skill Finder was led by Adobe and developed in response to a call from Karen Andrews, the minister for industry, science and technology, who has been moved to home affairs as of Monday.

A statement from Skill Finder said the proof-of-concept platform was launched in October last year. The platform offers online courses so that people can upgrade their skills and knowledge of a particular branch of technology.

It was supported by Atlassian, Canva, MYOB Xero, Adobe, AWS, Google, IBM, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Salesforce and Twitter.

The new grant will help to move the platform to the next phase of production which includes optimising the user experience, building out new features and functionality, adding more courses and categories, and connecting people who are upskilling and reskilling to job boards.

james horneThe platform was built by Balance Internet, using Adobe technology and hosting from AWS.

Thus far, Skill Finder has helped about 5000 people upgrade their skills. Balance Internet chief executive James Horne [right] said: "While Skill Finder is a marketplace for digital skills, the end goal of this project has always been to get people into jobs.

"To help with that, we are looking to build career pathways that will help guide citizens into specific digital jobs and professions.

"We want SkillFinder.com.au to help Australians improve their employment prospects now and in the future."

Suzanne Steele, Adobe managing director for Australia and New Zealand, said, "Australia is leading the world with Skill Finder, showcasing how the public and private sector can work together to deliver valuable digital government solutions for citizens.

"Since launch, we've been approached by a number of countries looking to replicate Skill Finder for their citizens. We are looking forward to working with other governments and technology communities around the world, helping them to arm their workforce with the digital skills of the future."


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