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Women still a minority in ICT industry

Stephanie McDonald | July 9, 2013
Low number of women and mature age workers hampering the supply of IT skills.

The report has focused on digital education at the school level, pushing for more inclusion of digital subjects at schools as a core component of education. This should focus on technology and computer science subjects, the AWPA recommended.

The AWPA has made several other recommendations. They include "targeted career promotion products" to help change the negative perceptions around the ICT industry, such as IT jobs being boring, repetitive and isolating; and a more strategic approach for ICT graduates and training, with employers finding graduates don't possess the skills required to contribute in the workplace.

The AWPA also recommended an intensive skills conversion program targeted towards graduates to increase the number of workers in the industry.

Finally, it is supporting the Australian Computer Society's professional development program, which has been designed to build capability in the ICT workforce.


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