RMIT University is preparing to deliver the Diploma of Applied Technologies, the qualification that sits behind the Industry 4.0 Higher Apprenticeship.
The higher apprenticeship was developed to deliver skills in digital technologies, such as cloud computing, the Internet of Things, programming and using big data. It was piloted in Victoria in 2017, with Ai Group combining with Siemens and Swinburne University to develop the program. Swinburne continues to offer an Associate Degree as a higher education option but RMIT is offering the Diploma as a vocational training (VET) qualification.
The VET Diploma has been declared as a traineeship in Victoria and may attract some Commonwealth incentives in the future. It has taken off in other states, with South Australia, Queensland and New South Wales running the program. Western Australia is due to commence late 2020 or early 2021.
Some companies are using the program to upskill tradespeople already in their workforce, while others are employing school leavers directly into the program; either as a stand-alone traineeship or in combination with an apprenticeship in a trade.