More than 70 leading organisations across Victoria have welcomed new digital talent to their teams this month, using a landmark Government program that is equipping mid-career workers with in-demand digital skills.

The Andrews Labor Government’s $64 million Digital Jobs program is supporting businesses looking to take on digitally-skilled mid-career workers and provides individuals with training in areas ranging from data analytics and cybersecurity to software engineering and artificial intelligence.

The training program is run over 12 weeks before a 12-week digital internship at a Victorian business, with Carsales and RACV among the first companies to benefit.

Participating businesses receive a $5,000 wage subsidy per intern and gain access to a talent pool of potential employees.

Around 80 per cent of round-one participants are tertiary qualified and have experience in non-digital roles spanning tourism and hospitality, banking, construction and engineering, arts and entertainment, and healthcare.

Round two participants started the training program this month and Victorian businesses are being invited to host candidates, with internships to begin from January 2022.

Applications for future rounds are open to mid-career Victorians and businesses seeking new digital talent. For more information on the program visit vic.gov.au/digital-jobs.

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