DeakinCo. and TCS partner to address digital skills gap in Australia

Media release

03 February 2022

DeakinCo. has joined forces with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) to co-design a series of corporate learning programs to meet the growing demand for talent in emerging technologies, such as in machine learning, artificial intelligence, data analytics and robotics. The programs aim to help address the digital skills gap and accelerate the economic growth of Australia.

The new partnership brings together Deakin's academic excellence and TCS' extensive 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 executives, mid-management and practitioners to leverage the power of this emerging technology in their chosen profession. Each stream will be facilitated by leading academics and industry experts.

The programs are designed to address specific capability gaps for businesses and will provide learners with an engaging experience that goes to the heart of the skills and knowledge required in these dynamic fields.

Designed to be delivered digitally, each program will have customisable elements to meet the needs of each client, offering a blended experience incorporating both face-to-face and self-paced sessions. These will include detailed, industry-relevant case studies, practical workshops, and direct access to leading practitioners.

"Both Deakin and TCS realise the importance of anticipating future workforce needs and that there's a real risk of falling behind," said Professor Iain Martin, Vice Chancellor, Deakin University.

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

"These programs combine strong theoretical knowledge with up-to-the-minute industry know-how, which ensures students are able to stay ahead in these rapidly evolving fields, regardless of their career stage. DeakinCo. is absolutely at the forefront of new skills training and works directly with the industries that require it to remain competitive."

"We are delighted to partner with DeakinCo. to help talent from across Australia’s leading organisations and across the world in developing digital skills," said Ankur Mathur, Head, Education Business, TCS.

"This partnership brings together unique academic and industry expertise in technology areas, to help learners enhance their skills and grow their careers further. At the same time, this partnership is a testament to our deep commitment and passion for digitally transforming education. It further highlights our continued investment in delivering in the Australian market."

Glenn Campbell, CEO, DeakinCo. said, "These courses enable businesses to target specific capability gaps quickly and from within. For managers who are overseeing machine learning projects but who don't have a technical background, it will support them to build capability within their existing data analyst teams."

The partnership between Deakin University and TCS deepens their existing relationship, aiming to facilitate more work in common interest areas, including core technologies such as virtual reality, cloud, digital and cyber security to carry out co-innovation across the Australian education sector.

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About Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)

Tata Consultancy Services is an IT services, consulting and business solutions organisation that has been partnering with many of the world's largest businesses in their transformation journeys for over 50 years. TCS offers a consulting-led, cognitive powered, integrated portfolio of business, technology and engineering services and solutions. This is delivered through its unique Location Independent Agile™ delivery model, recognised as a benchmark of excellence in software development.

A part of the Tata group, India's largest multinational business group, TCS has over 528,000 of the world's best-trained consultants in 46 countries. The company generated consolidated revenues of US $22.2 billion in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2021, and is listed on the BSE (formerly Bombay Stock Exchange) and the NSE (National Stock Exchange) in India. TCS' proactive stance on climate change and award-winning work with communities across the world have earned it a place in leading sustainability indices such as the MSCI Global Sustainability Index and the FTSE4Good Emerging Index. For more information, visit www.tcs.com

About DeakinCo.

DeakinCo., a division of Deakin University are workplace education and skills recognition specialists. DeakinCo. help individuals and organisations evaluate and recognise current skills and capability, identity and rectify gaps and build new skills, and provide pathways to higher level qualifications that further strengthen employment skills and career options. For more information, visit www.deakinco.com/

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