Virtual work experience platform to pave pathways

Monday, 21 August, 2023

Virtual work experience platform to pave pathways

A new virtual work experience platform from Datacom hopes to develop practical skills in four key tech pathways — cloud, automation, cyber and software development — and offer an introduction to what a career in tech has to offer.

The platform is free and available globally, and people can complete each module at their own pace. The content has been developed by Datacom’s experts to cater to a younger audience to help increase awareness of the tech career possibilities available to them.

With the content geared towards early career-stage learners, the tasks are challenging but achievable and have been designed to spark an interest in further study.

“At Datacom we recognise the importance of upskilling people and introducing the next generation to all the opportunities that a career in technology has to offer,” said Siobhan Gallacher, Director of People & Culture at Datacom.

“Using engaging and innovative ways to attract and upskill talent as well as giving back to our communities is a key priority. This program is a stepping stone for talent to join Datacom and build meaningful careers with us and across the sector. We hope that school leavers and new graduates will use our platform to build the skills and confidence they need as they look to enter the workforce or make decisions about their career path,” she said.

Gallacher said the platform is not only designed to provide students with an experience that might see them consider a career in tech, but also to provide them with new skills they can apply regardless of their chosen career path. It also provides a way for Datacom to build its talent pipeline, with top performers being able to apply for the company’s traineeship program and potentially its scholarship program.

“As Australia and New Zealand’s largest homegrown tech company, one of our commitments is to help support and develop the tech talent and digital skills that our local companies need to power their growth and innovation. With this platform we’re aiming to introduce more people to the breadth of specialisations and opportunities that tech offers, and we want to help grow the pipeline of talent for Datacom and for other companies,” Gallacher said.

The content is being delivered on Forage — a free, open-access, virtual platform designed for students looking to obtain practical work experience through company-endorsed programs, which has had more than 1.7 million student enrolments and hosts work experience content spanning technology and other areas.

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