Ballarat is set to cement its position as the cybersecurity capital of Australia following an almost one million dollar investment in training and equipment at Federation University.
Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney said the $940,000 equipment investment would allow the TAFE to offer a certificate in cyber security.
"We are making sure Ballarat students have access to the equipment and training they need, so they can get jobs in cyber security and IT," Ms Tierney said.
Federation University acting vice-chancellor Professor Andy Smith said the university was partnering with global IT companies.
"This funding allows us to give our TAFE students a pathway into a highly skilled IT job and the opportunity for further study and research," Prof Smith said.
The first students are expected to start the cyber security course within eight weeks after a new IT laboratory is built at Federation University's Mt Helen campus.
Trainee Zachariah Sapountzis will be one of the first students to study the new certificate after securing a competitive traineeship.
"I've always loved computers, playing with them from a very young age," Mr Sapountzis said.
"I'm keen to see my prospects grow."
The certificate will be offered for free as part of the government's free TAFE initiative.
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