Year13 and Digital Skills Organisation Launch Tech Expo to Help Fill Digital Skills Gap

Year13 and Digital Skills Organisation Launch Tech Expo to Help Fill Digital Skills Gap

Year13 and Digital Skills Organisation (DSO) have launched ‘Tech Expo’ – a new national initiative to inspire teenagers to join the technology sector and to equip Australia for an increasingly digitised workforce.

Tech Expo is a virtual event, rich with digital and social content that showcases the breadth of opportunity in tech and the need for digital skills in every industry.

All content found in Tech Expo has been created by Year13’s in-house team of Gen Z content creators.

According to research from DSO, Australia will need between 150,000 and 300,000 tech workers by 2025, accounting for a quarter of all jobs created in
that period.

“Our research reveals 63 per cent of young people would be more likely to consider tech careers if they knew about the tech skills shortages, rising salaries and additional perks,” said Year13 CEO William Stubley at the launch event held at Atlassian’s impressive Sydney HQ.

“Our Digital Tech Expo enables us to inspire young people with the opportunities available to them in tech, and the pathways to get them into great tech careers, and we’re able to scale those messages through our digital “ecosystem”.

A recent survey by Year13, found 45 per cent of students in Australia say they did not  earn enough about digital skills in high school – despite the ever-increasing demand for digital skills across the Australian economy.

Tech Expo aims to address this gap, targeting students via a range of digital  channels, connecting tech companies and tech educators with learners, whilst also partnering with schools to emphasise the importance of digital skills.

“Informing and inspiring young people to consider tech is vital for Australia’s economic future,” said Patrick Kidd, CEO of DSO/

“The deficit of digitally skilled workers will be felt acutely in the years ahead. We need to ensure we are training, upskilling, and supporting our high school students to develop the skills employers are looking for”

Year13 says that Tech Expo will bring new perspectives and raise awareness of the digital skills gap, for young people. Meanwhile, the Expo will help them with hands-on advice.




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