2022 was a big year as we hit major learner milestones, worked hard to refine our programs, and made strides in transforming the education-to-employment system in Australia. Read about our achievements and future direction in the report below.
Learners supported since our inception in 2019
Of graduates were employed within 180 days of completing their Generation Australia program
Of graduates feel positive about the future
A Message from our CEO
In 2022, we celebrated a significant milestone of 1,000+ graduates from our care and tech programs since our inception in 2019, and the story of each of these graduates is a demonstration of Generation Australia’s mission in action. One such story is of proud young Ngarrindjeri man Jordan, now employed as an analyst by our partner Accenture. Jordan was supported through the Web Development bootcamp program by our First Nations mentors, and then into employment by our Placement team. This holistic and personalised learner support together with our established industry relationships enable us to successfully launch graduates into life-changing roles. Jordan told us that because of Generation, he is able to achieve his goals and demonstrate the behavioural mindsets that will help him succeed in the industry. I look forward to hearing where his career goes next.
On the demand side of the employment equation, employers are still crying out for skilled workers for specific roles in care and tech. For example, demand for data analysts has tripled in the past five years; as a result, in 2022 we introduced a new bootcamp program in Data Analytics to upskill untapped talent and create a ready pipeline for employers. Similarly, Australia is expected to require nearly 17,000 additional cybersecurity workers by 2026, which is why we started work on developing a Cybersecurity bootcamp program which will launch in 2023. Our employer partner network now numbers 230+ which reflects a positive change in industry attitude and a willingness of Australian employers to rethink their usual recruitment processes and hire people from non-traditional pathways.
In the spirit of continuous improvement, we made a number of impactful innovations to our programs in 2022. For instance, we introduced a prep course to support our learners to feel confident and prepared to participate in our tech programs. It has been such a resounding success that we will build it into our offerings into 2023 and beyond. We also adapted our Web Development and Cloud Computing programs to increase accessibility for both First Nations and neurodivergent participants. To better serve our First Nations learners, we launched a specific First Nations portfolio with dedicated roles, worked with community to co-design our approach, and reinvigorated our First Nations Advisory Board. Our efforts have been recognised by our peers: we won the TechDiversity 2022 Education category award.
When some government funding streams came to an end mid-year, we were forced to source funds for our critical work elsewhere. What seemed a great challenge at the time, turned into a golden opportunity to share our work with new people and organisations aligned with our mission. As a result, we launched a new coalition of funders with founding members Macquarie Group Foundation and Paul Ramsay Foundation. We continue to have positive conversations with the new Albanese government about new opportunities that we anticipate will come to life in 2023 and beyond.
Our major goal in 2023 is continuing to serve our diverse learner community so they can secure sustainable careers and transform their personal situations. In order to achieve that, we will continue innovating our offering, influencing employers and industry to harness and support non-traditional talent, and engaging committed and diverse funders to partner with us to enable our learners to flourish. Thank you for the part you’ve played in our work in 2022, and we are excited to work with you again in 2023.
Chief Executive Officer