New cybersecurity traineeship announced

South Australians will be able to undertake a cybersecurity traineeship for the first time, after the Training and Skills Commission approved the new traineeship as part of the Skilling South Australia initiative.

The Minister for Industry and Skills David Pisoni hosted an industry roundtable in August, and said that the Certificate IV traineeship has been tailor-made for the cybersecurity industry, developed by AustCyber, and has been endorsed by South Australia’s Chief Information Officer David Goodman.

The cybersecurity traineeship is a key action of the South Australian Government Cyber Security Strategic Plan 2018 – 2021, and the course was also developed to support Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy: A Cyber Smart Nation.

“The establishment of this cybersecurity traineeship is an exciting project as part of the Skilling South Australia initiative, which will see South Australians train with industry in service desk and technician roles while they undertake the Certificate IV in Cybersecurity,” said Minister Pisoni.

“I want to commend the work of the Training and Skills Commission for their collaborative approach with the cybersecurity industry which has seen this qualification approved to address the needs of the industry.

“There is growing demand for vocational skills and skills in cybersecurity more specifically in South Australia, so we need to ensure we have the workforce to fill the positions that will come online.”

According to Deloitte Access Economics’ report from June 2018, Australia’s Digital Pulse 2018, there are an additional 11,000 new jobs in cybersecurity forecasted to be created over the next decade.

“This particular qualification will take around two years to complete, with a starting salary of $36,000 per year. Experienced cybersecurity technicians can expect to earn between $90,000 and $120,000 per year,” said Minister Pisoni.

 “Cybersecurity is clearly an important priority across a whole range of industries, and indeed within government, as more and more of our work systems go online, and the security requirements of businesses become even more critical.

“No industry or business is immune from cyber attack, and as South Australia’s defence projects continue to ramp up, the workforce demand for qualified, skilled cybersecurity roles will only increase.

“The Marshall Government will continue to listen to the needs of industry and work cooperatively with businesses and all levels of government to ensure South Australian businesses are equipped to deal with cybersecurity threats, which are constantly evolving.

“The approval of this cybersecurity traineeship is an important step in developing more vocational education pathways as we work to deliver 20,800 new apprenticeships and traineeships over the next four years as part of the $203 million Skilling South Australia initiative.”

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