Looking at a future where a robot might take your job, and thinking maybe it's time to re-skill? here's some good news: with the demand for digital skills in Australia continuing to grow, by 2022 we will need an extra 81,000 specialist tech workers. Intensive tech jobs will increase by 236,700.
So how's this for good timing - Apple's "Everyone Can Code" initiative has gone global, with a full year-long "App Development with Swift" course launching in over 20 colleges and universities outside of the US - including at RMIT.
Designed for to students of all levels and backgrounds, RMIT University is offering the course online, on campus, there's a scholarship for school teachers - and a free summer school for high school kids.
"App Development with Swift will play a crucial role in helping RMIT's students use their creativity and entrepreneurship to prepare for success in the 21st century workforce," said Martin Bean CBE, RMIT University vice chancellor and president. "These are the sort of skills Australians need for the jobs of the future, and we're thrilled to work with Apple to deliver this important curriculum."
The new online program starts on 20 November, while the new vocational education short course will be taught on campus from February 2018.
RMIT says the new courses complement the uni's existing software engineering and computer science degrees.
RMIT is offering 100 scholarships for school teachers to upskill by completing the RMIT Online program. In addition, a free summer coding school at RMIT's City campus will give secondary students the chance to learn the basics of coding in Swift.
Helen Souness, CEO of RMIT Online, said the new iOS App Development with Swift online program was cocreated and endorsed by major industry partners, including Tigerspike, jtribe and Bilue, who represented key drivers of growth in the app economy.
"The industry has been crying out for more digitally-skilled workers for years and RMIT is proud to work with Apple to meet the demand in this booming area and create life-changing educational opportunities for people from all walks of life."
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