Deloitte and Salesforce have partnered to develop a “talent development program” to help drive diversity in the tech industry and close skills gaps.
Called the Digital Career Compass, the program will focus on people from diverse backgrounds, including Indigenous Australians, women returning to the workforce and retired athletes, and provide them with training and technical skills for their start a career in technology.
“In response to the growing lack of technical skills in Australia, we wanted to take the initiative to be part of the solution. So we’ve developed a unique program, in partnership with one of our key alliance partners, Salesforce, to create a diverse development program that will give people the opportunity to learn new skills,” said Claire Gillies. , Deloitte Principal Partner for Salesforce.
“Our aim will be to work with candidates who demonstrate the right skills and attitudes, rather than higher education qualifications, to reflect the rich diversity of our community.”
Program participants will receive Salesforce technical and business skills training, access to the Salesforce Trailhead Virtual Bootcamp program, mentorship, professional support, and more.
Digital Career Compass will have a 12-week training period during which participants will be connected with Salesforce channel partners.
The first cohort of the program begins in March and graduates in May 2022.
Tara Ridley, Vice President of Alliances and Channels at Salesforce ANZ, said: “There is an urgent need to increase the number of skilled professionals in the tech industry and for the industry to better represent the diversity of the Australian community.
“Deloitte and the program’s non-profit partners will help Australians from all walks of life embark on rewarding new careers.”
Sydney-based managed services provider Goanna Solutions will be one of three partners involved in the Digital Career Compass, joining social enterprise recruitment firm Fitted For Work and industry body The Australian Athletes’ Alliance.
Goanna Solutions Managing Director Lisa Sarago said, “As an Indigenous owned and operated organization, we are focused on bridging the digital divide by providing opportunities to empower our community with skills for the future, access job opportunities and networks.
“We celebrate the commitment of Deloitte, Salesforce and other ecosystem organizations to creating a diverse workplace.”