Tata Consultancy Services and DeakinCo. Bridging the skills gap in Australia with new programs

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has entered into a strategic partnership with DeakinCo., a division of Deakin University, to co-design a series of corporate learning programs.

These programs are designed to meet the growing demand for talent in emerging technologies such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, data analytics, and robotics.

The programs aim to help close the digital skills gap and accelerate Australia’s economic growth.

The new partnership brings together Deakin’s academic expertise and TCS’s industry networks and experience.

The first program, to be piloted in early 2022, will focus on machine learning, which consists of three streams enabling senior managers, middle managers and practitioners to leverage the power of this emerging technology in the profession. of their choice. Each track will be moderated by leading academics and industry experts.

According to a statement, the programs are designed to fill specific capability gaps for businesses and will provide learners with an engaging experience that focuses specifically on the skills and knowledge required in these dynamic areas.

Designed to be delivered digitally, each program will feature customizable elements to meet the needs of each client, providing a blended experience incorporating both face-to-face and self-paced sessions. These will include in-depth, industry-relevant case studies, hands-on workshops and direct access to leading practitioners, the company says.

Professor Iain Martin, Vice-Chancellor of Deakin University, said: “Deakin and TCS realize the importance of anticipating future workforce needs and that there is a real risk of falling behind.

“In areas such as machine learning and AI, we are already seeing some of the consequences of this around the world and in Australia, with employees and businesses unable to close the skills gap – things are changing so fast and the competition is fierce.”

Martin continues, “These programs combine strong theoretical knowledge with industry-leading know-how, ensuring that students are able to stay ahead of the curve in these rapidly changing fields, regardless of their career stage. Deakin Co. is absolutely on the cutting edge of new skills training and works directly with the industries that need it to stay competitive.

Ankur Mathur, Head of Education at TCS, says, “We are delighted to partner with DeakinCo. to help talent from leading organizations in Australia and around the world develop their digital skills.

“This partnership brings together unique academic and industrial expertise in technology fields, to help learners improve their skills and develop their careers. At the same time, this partnership demonstrates our deep commitment and passion for the digital transformation of the our continued investment in delivering to the Australian market.

DeakinCo CEO Glenn Campbell says, “These courses allow companies to quickly and internally target specific capability gaps. For managers who oversee machine learning projects but don’t have a technical background, this will help them build capacity within their existing data analyst teams. »

Overall, the partnership between Deakin University and TCS deepens their existing relationship, aimed at facilitating more work in areas of mutual interest, including core technologies such as virtual reality, cloud, digital and cybersecurity to drive co-innovation in Australia’s education sector.

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