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Aus: RMIT continues Future Skills expansion

Australia’s RMIT University has continued growing its online Future Skills program offerings, announcing a new course designed to meet the exponential growth in demand for DevOps professionals.

RMIT's DevOps program will commence in March 2020. Photo: pxhere

Demand for DevOps Engineers is expected to grow 21%

Developed in partnership with software consultancy Thoughtworks and DevOps Agile Skills Association, RMIT’s DevOps course aims to upskill those in technology and management professionals to understand the benefits of the practices.

“In an increasingly digitised world, we can’t underestimate the importance of connected teams,” said chief executive of RMIT Online, Helen Souness.

“Our clients are finding it difficult to find people who have experience with DevOps”

“The short online nature of the program enables working professionals to upskill and grow in their career, as well as positively impact the organisations they work for.”

Souness added demand for DevOps Engineers, which is a set of practices combining software development and information technology operations to shorten systems development life cycles and continuously deliver high-quality software, was expected to grow 21%.

“Our focus at RMIT Online is to provide learning opportunities that address skills shortages and in-demand skills gaps in the job market,” she said.

ThoughtWorks Australia head of engineering Evan Botcher said further collaboration between education providers and industry was needed to address future skills shortages and maintain Australia’s competitive advantage globally.

“Our clients are finding it difficult to find people who have experience with DevOps and there is clearly a lack of accessible formal training in the area,” Botcher said.

“We’re proud to be partnering with RMIT Online to design a course that addresses the needs of Australia’s future workforce.”

The new course is the latest from RMIT Online, which has been steadily building up its Future Skills portfolio after launching Developing Blockchain Strategy in 2018 and Cyber Security Risk and Strategy in 2019.

Souness told The PIE News further courses were planned in the future.

“Because of the ever-changing and fast-paced nature of Industry 4.0, we are always looking at industry demands and areas in which both employers and employees alike are hoping to upskill,” she said.

“We will be focussed on fields of studies that address the progressive and emerging sectors in work.”

The DevOps course will commence in March and run for six weeks.

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