The Federal Government has launched an IT skills hub aimed at bringing together employers and education and training providers to ensure IT training is relevant to industry needs.
The idea of the hub, which was launched in Melbourne, has grown out of the IT&T Skills Exchange, a jointly funded Government-and-industry initiative created least year to address the issue of the skills shortage.
An advisory council made up of small business, state, territory and regional representatives and IT&T industry representatives, will advise the board of the hub on new initiatives for the overall direction of the exchange.
Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, Senator Richard Alston, said: "The supply of skilled people to the industry is one of the key conditions for future ICT sector growth. Matching the skills of IT&T workers with the skills needs of employers will ensure the industry continues to grow, and positions will be filled by well-trained workers."