We work across the education system to help scale and support a number of initiatives. These initiatives help to address the workforce shortage and provide a pipeline of the skilled cyber security professionals that Australian employers need. Our work in education is both strategic and practical.
Activities have included:
- Working with TAFEs across the country to coordinate the delivery of a national curriculum for Certificate and Advanced Diplomas in Cyber Security
- Exhibiting and presenting at a series of Australian Careers Service events nationally to educate careers advisers on cyber security job opportunities and pathways
- Publishing articles, including on the Good Universities Guide
In July 2018, as part of our Projects Fund, we awarded over $1.3 million to industry-led projects that will provide more and enhanced opportunities to educate and train cyber security professionals:
- The University of Sydney was awarded nearly $612,000 to deliver Cyber Security Challenges for High School students that develop cyber security skills and attitudes, and increase careers awareness. This was in partnership with Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ), Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA), National Australia Bank Limited (NAB), Westpac Banking Corporation and British Telecom.
- Fifth Domain was awarded more than $547,000 to produce a learning management system in partnership with the Canberra Institute of Technology, the Australian National University, and Nova Systems that enables education organisations, students and employers to collaborate in developing the cyber security workforce of the future.
- WithYouWithMe was awarded $150,000 to identify, train and add 75 new students into the Australian cyber security industry.
As well as having more skilled workers for our sector, we are focused on embedding cyber security awareness and skills across the whole Australian workforce and community. This work is being led by PwC Skills for Australia under its cyber security cross-sector project, which aims to provide an evidence-based case and industry support for developing vocational training in cyber security skills that are transferable to every industry.