New traineeship program to boost digital employment opportunities and diversity

The Australian Public Service (APS) Digital Traineeship Program will create employment opportunities for First Nations peoples, women, older people, veterans transitioning to civilian roles and their spouses, with 1,000 participants over the next 4 years.

This Australian Government initiative is a key outcome from the Jobs and Skills Summit in September 2022.

The new initiative will support people starting their career, moving between careers or re‑entering the workforce into digital roles. It will provide employment opportunities to establish a digital career in the APS with a focus on attracting people from under-represented groups.

The program will help to build the nation’s digital capability by increasing the pool of skilled digital professionals and improving the digital capability of the APS.

Employment opportunities will be flexible and available throughout the year in regional and metropolitan locations. Participants will also gain a certificate or diploma qualification in a digital or technology related field, while participating in paid employment with the APS.

Trainees will be supported by a dedicated mentor to help them navigate their work and study.

This builds on existing whole-of-government career pathway programs, with a full induction program supported by the APS Academy.

APS Digital Traineeship Program applications are now open, with traineeships set to commence from early 2023.

APS agencies can register interest in taking on digital trainees.