26 September 2023

Joint program for graduates with data skills

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The Departments of Communities; Planning, Lands and Heritage; Premier and Cabinet, and the WA Police Force have combined to launch a new Interagency Data Science Graduate Program.

The program, a first for the Western Australian public sector, puts graduates at the forefront of some of the State’s most innovative projects and critical initiatives.

It offers graduates an opportunity to apply their data skills and knowledge to inform Government policy, services and programs to improve the lives of Western Australians.

Structured over 12 months, the program allows graduates to complete three four-month rotations between the participating Agencies.

Minister for Innovation and ICT, Stephen Dawson said the program aimed to harness the diverse skills and backgrounds of graduates to help deliver convenient, smart and secure digital services to the WA community.

“The program will be seeking graduates with skills and qualifications in data programming languages, analysis of geospatial data, statistical modelling and data visualisation software,” Mr Dawson said.

“Data science skills are already providing tremendous benefit to WA, but we need to encourage more to enter the industry, with 3,000 new local jobs expected in the next 10 years.”

He encouraged all graduates with backgrounds in data science and analytics, who were interested in a rewarding career, to apply for the positions.

Successful applicants will begin the program in February 2023.

Information about the Data Science Graduate Program can be accessed at this PS News link and applications will be received until 4:00pm on 12 September this year.

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