MP applauds decision to boost data and digital jobs in Hunter

Newcastle MP Sharon Claydon has welcomed the announcement that the city will be one of the beneficiaries of new Australian Public Service (APS) jobs.

The move is part of the federal government’s APS Academy Campus initiative, which is now open for applications.

The facility, located at the University of Newcastle (UoN), will allow students and locals looking for a career change to hone their skills in data and digital roles within APS, while remaining in their community.

It joins similar premises at Charles Darwin University in Darwin, James Cook University in Townsville and the University of Tasmania in Launceston.

The APS Academy Campuses offer approximately 300 flexible employment opportunities with the APS over three years.

This includes paid apprenticeships, cadets and internships, ranging from short to long term, with graduate internships to follow in 2024.

Ms Claydon admitted she was delighted to see the program being adopted in the region.

“It is important that Novocastrians have the same opportunities as people in our capitals,” she said.

“The APS Academy is an exciting opportunity for members of our community to study, undertake a career change and get good skilled jobs without leaving the Hunter.”

Newcastle University Vice-Chancellor Professor Alex Zelinsky hailed the partnership, which will help create new opportunities for the country, region and students.

“Our university is well positioned to lead the development of our digital economy for the hunter,” he said.

“In an increasingly connected and digital world, the campus will complement our existing work in cybersecurity and digital innovation, strengthen our skilled workforce, and strengthen our collaboration with government and industry.

“This will provide our students with new avenues for professional careers in data and digital through internships and ensure that upon graduation, our students will be ready for the digital world ahead of them.”

Civil Service Minister Katy Gallagher said the government was delighted to partner with the UoN to establish an APS Academy campus in Newcastle, which will open in early 2023.

“Like the private sector, APS struggles to find enough people with the technical skills to fill positions in the data and digital space,” she added.

“However, this program is the final positive step in the right direction to address this issue and ultimately keep these workers in APS.

“People told us they wanted a career in APS but didn’t always want to leave the communities where they lived, just to pursue new interstate training opportunities.

“I encourage Newcastle students to consider a role with APS.

“The public service has a crucial role to play in serving the Australian people and helping to shape the future of our nation.”

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