To support more jobs in the rapidly growing cybersecurity and advanced manufacturing sectors, the Queensland Government is investing $2 million in a cybersecurity training operations center and advanced manufacturing center in $3.6 million at the TAFE campus in Cairns.
Touring the site today, Training and Skills Development Minister Di Farmer said facilities such as the new Cairns Cybersecurity Training Center would ensure Queensland has the capacity to required to meet the state’s cybersecurity needs.
Minister Farmer said good people. Good Jobs: The Queensland Workforce Strategy 2022-32 aimed to train Queenslanders for the good jobs of the future.
“You can’t be more ‘future-oriented’ than developing the skills to solve cybersecurity problems,” she said.
“The layout will include attack and defense rooms, surveillance rooms for web data hacking/triage, and data centers to integrate IT infrastructure, providing additional training opportunities for future cybersecurity professionals. in the Far North region of Queensland.”
Minister Farmer said the upgrades were part of the Palaszczuk government’s $100 million Equipping TAFE for our Future program, which is investing in digital skills training facilities to train more workers for the sector.
“In 2020-2021, the Cyber Security Helpline received an average of 60 calls per day, an increase of 310% over the previous year. By investing in training infrastructure and working with industry and educators, we can create the future workforce Queensland needs,” said Minister Farmer.
“These state-of-the-art facilities mean that students can be prepared for the changing configuration and monitoring requirements of vital systems and information networks and gain experience in defending against different types of cyberattacks.
Equipping TAFE for Our Future also offers cybersecurity training operations centers at TAFE Queensland’s Mooloolaba and South Bank campuses.
Cairns MP Michael Healy said Cybersecurity Awareness Month was the perfect time to highlight training and employment opportunities in the sector.
“There are currently 335 students statewide enrolled in Certificate IV in Cyber Security with Approved Training Organizations (RTOs) and that will continue to grow when our Cairns facility opens in mid-2023,” Healy said.
“The cybersecurity industry is much larger than many realize — there are also digital technology skills and roles as businesses embrace digital transformation.
“Across RTOs in Queensland, enrollment in digital technology qualifications is also growing, with over 1,200 students enrolled in courses such as Information Technology Certificate III, which will support future employment growth.”
Barron River MP Craig Crawford said cybersecurity should be a priority area for small businesses with more than 67,500 cybercrimes reported in Australia in the financial year 2020-21.
“Cybercrimes continue to increase each year, with self-reported cybercrime losses totaling over $33 billion in 2020-21,” Crawford said.
“While small businesses continue to be a target, recent events show us that all businesses can be affected and underscore the importance of protecting our businesses from cyber threats.”
Speaker of Parliament and MP for Mulgrave, Curtis Pitt, said micro-titles can help businesses quickly upskill and train their staff.
“Cyber Security Essentials and Data Security Essentials micro-credentials offered here at TAFE are two of the most popular short courses,” Pitt said.
“They have been designed to give people a better understanding of cybersecurity, the risks involved in providing and storing personal information, how personal information may be used, and how to keep personal information secure,” did he declare.
“As part of the Good People. Good jobs: Queensland Workforce Strategy 2022–32, we continue to look for ways [to] boosting Queensland’s skilled workforce and flexible learning options and workplace practices like micro-certificates give us an effective way to improve our skills.
“In the first half of next year, work will also begin on an Advanced Manufacturing Skills Lab that will train students in the latest techniques using simulated and mixed reality training to meet industry demands.
“The lab will simulate what students will find in a real workshop while providing a safe and secure learning environment.
“This represents an additional investment of $3.6 million in developing the skills necessary for the growing advanced manufacturing sector.”