Why Upskilling in Tech Is Essential

Why Upskilling in Tech is Essential

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In an era where technologies like Generative AI are revolutionising business models and interaction points between digital platforms and humans, upskilling has never been more criticalAs we look towards a future shaped by digital transformation, the focus is on lifelong learning and the continuous acquisition of new skills. Whether you are aiming to shift your area of expertise in tech or striving to stay ahead in your field, upskilling is key. 

The Urgent Need for Upskilling

Our current economic landscape is shaped by several significant forces: the rise of digital technologies, the net zero transformation, and the growing demand for sophisticated tech skills. With Australia’s tech sector expanding rapidly, the demand for skilled professionals in areas like cybersecurity, cloud computing, and AI is soaring. IBM has recently calculated that the usefulness of technical skills diminishes in less than 2.5 years. Consequently, continual learning through regular upskilling and reskilling will need to become a standard practice for the Australian workforce.[1] 

The Tech Revolution:

With critical technologies such as AI, robotics, and advanced data analytics reshaping the workforce, acquiring new skills is essential for prosperity and security [2].  Forbes highlights that skills in data storytelling, cybersecurity, UX design, digital marketing, and AI augmentation will be particularly in demand, emphasizing the importance of human skills in complementing technological capabilities. 

Investment in Emerging Tech:

By 2030, Australia anticipates a $261 billion investment in technology, with AI spending increasing sevenfold [2]. This massive investment underscores the growing importance of tech skills. 

Workforce Impact:

An astounding 95% of Australian employees will be affected by these emerging technologies, necessitating significant reskilling [2]. 

New Skills on the Horizon:

Around 1.8 million new tech skills, including critical thinking, governance processes, and practical applications, will be required by 2030, an increase of 1.3 million from today’s levels [3]. 

Preference for Reskilling Over Hiring:

A significant majority of employers, 73%, prefer their current employees to upskill rather than hiring new ones when budget constraints are not a concern [4]  


Upskilling Beyond Tech

The growing demand for sophisticated soft skills reflects a critical shift in the workforce requirements. These skills, encompassing areas like effective communication, creative problem-solving, and collaborative teamwork, are essential in understanding, innovating, and implementing technological advancements in the workplace. Communication, in particular, stands out as a cornerstone ability as Forbes has identified it as one of the most in-demand skills for 2024. According to Deloitte and the Australian Computer Association, “People skills will be increasingly in demand across all roles with technical and specialised skills being needed by different groups of workers.” As technology continues to evolve, the ability to adapt and apply these soft skills becomes increasingly important for the successful integration and maximization of new technologies, ensuring that workplaces remain dynamic, efficient, and forward-thinking.

Goanna Education's Approach to Tech Upskilling

Education Tailored to Market Needs:

At Goanna Education, we understand the critical importance of education that aligns with current market demands At Goanna Education, we focus on aligning our curriculum with the market’s most pressing demands. This includes specialised streams in Cybersecurity, AI, and Digital Media, each designed to equip you with the latest skills and knowledge. We offer a range of courses, including ICT40120 Certificate IV in Information Technology, ICT50220 Diploma of Information Technology, ICT30120 Certificate III in Information Technology Each course is meticulously crafted to align with current industry trends, ensuring the skills you acquire are both applicable and in-demand. Our courses are developed in close collaboration with industry leaders, ensuring that the skills you acquire are not just relevant, but also highly sought after in today’s rapidly evolving tech landscape. At Goanna we build a skills framework designed for future skills needs.

We also offer a unique advantage for eligible candidates in NSW: our self-paced courses are fee-free. This is an excellent opportunity for those seeking to enhance their tech skills without incurring educational expenses. *Training in priority qualifications is fee-free and fully funded by the NSW and Commonwealth governments. 

Flexible and Self-Paced Learning

Recognising the diverse learning needs and schedules of our students, we offer self-paced online courses. This format allows learners, whether they are busy professionals, caretakers, individuals looking to re-enter the tech sector, or those seeking to stay ahead of technological advancements, to study at their own pace and on their own terms.

Dedicated Instructors and Support:

Uniquely, each of our self-paced courses is overseen by a dedicated instructor. We provide weekly live check-ins and the opportunity for one-on-one sessions, ensuring you receive the guidance and support needed for success.

Focus on Soft Skills and Industry Insight:

Technical knowledge is crucial, but so are soft skills. Our courses include comprehensive training in critical soft skills such as communication, problem-solving, and teamwork. Coupled with industry insights, this rounded approach prepares you to excel in both the technical and interpersonal aspects of your tech career.  

Comprehensive Employment Support:

Our commitment to your success goes beyond education. We provide extensive employment support, helping you to translate your newly acquired skills into tangible career opportunities. This support is particularly beneficial for those re-entering the tech industry or aiming to advance in their current roles.

Networking Opportunities:

We facilitate various opportunities for you to network with industry professionals, alumni, and peers. These platforms are ideal for sharing ideas, gaining insights, and building valuable connections that can lead to potential job openings and collaborations. We also often host industry talks featuring guests from leading organisations like AWS, Canva, LinkedIn, and more.

Engaging Community and Network:

 At Goanna Education, you become part of a vibrant community and network. Engage with over 500 alumni through our strong alumni network, featuring regular catch-up sessions and opportunities for collaboration and mentorship. This community is not just about learning but also about growing together, offering a wealth of support and networking opportunities for career advancement.


The pathway to a successful and fulfilling career in technology requires a commitment to continuous learning and adaptation. Goanna Education is dedicated to guiding you through this journey with education, support, and the flexibility needed to thrive in the tech-driven future. 


Start your journey towards tech mastery with Goanna Education – enroll now. Explore our wide range of courses tailored for the tech industry here. 


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[1] IBM, Exploring quantum computing use cases for logistics, 2020 

[2] ACS, Australia’s Digital Pulse, 2023.  https://www.deloitte.com/au/en/services/economics/perspectives/australias-digital-pulse.html  

[3] IT Brief, Australian employees seek tech upskilling opportunities, 2023. https://itbrief.com.au/story/australian-employees-seek-tech-upskilling-opportunities  

[4] Australian Government, Working Future: The Australian Government’s White Paper on Jobs and Opportunities, 2023. https://treasury.gov.au/employment-whitepaper/final-report  


Goanna Education RTO Code: 45707 

1300 402 582 education@goanna.group 



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