Program overview

The Digital Jobs for Manufacturing Program offers grants of up to $5000 to assist Victorian manufacturing businesses adapt to a digital operating environment.

The program is open to businesses with a manufacturing presence in Victoria which are on a growth trajectory and are seeking to utilise their existing workforce to apply digital technology to their operations.

Program guidelines

Digital Jobs for Manufacturing – Program guidelines (PDF 283.71 KB)PDF icon

Digital Jobs for Manufacturing – Program guidelines (DOCX 1585.76 KB)DOCX icon

Course handbook

Digital Jobs for Manufacturing – Course handbook (PDF 1826.77 KB)PDF icon

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Read the full list of FAQs.

The Digital Jobs for Manufacturing Program fully closes at 11:59pm on 31 March 2024 (unless funds are allocated earlier).

About the program

The Digital Jobs for Manufacturing Program provides funding to enrol a nominated employee in a 12-week online, part-time industry endorsed digital skills course in one of the following streams:

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) / machine learning
  • Cloud computing
  • Customer relationship management (CRM)
  • Cybersecurity
  • Data analytics
  • Digital marketing
  • Enterprise resource planning (ERP)
  • IT operations and support
  • Product management
  • Programming / software development
  • Project management (agile)
  • User experience / User interface (UX/UI)
  • Web development

Courses will run in January, May and September 2023 and January and April 2024.

Additive manufacturing, computer-aided design (CAD) / computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) and robotic process automation (RPA) will be available for the May 2023 training rounds. Please email digitaljobsprogram@ecodev.vic.gov.au to express your interest in these courses.

Applications for funding must be submitted via the “Apply now” link on the left or bottom of this page. 

Please refer to the Digital Jobs for Manufacturing – Course handbook (PDF 1826.77 KB)PDF icon for more information on available courses.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible under the program:

  • Is a legal entity with an operating business presence in Victoria
  • Has a current Australian Business Number (ABN) and held that ABN on and from 1 October 2022
  • Has been registered for Goods and Services Tax (GST) on and from 1 October 2022
  • Has met all industrial relations obligations as an employer in accordance with the National Employment Standards
  • Attests that they will make their nominated employee/s available for training in the selected training round; and
  • Attests that both the applicant and their employee/s will participate in any future program evaluation activities.

Grant amount

Grants of up to $5000 are available per employee and require funded manufacturers to ensure their nominated employee is provided an opportunity to earn and learn.

This includes incorporating a digital element into the employee’s position description upon completion of the training, and ensuring the employee of assigned relevant work activities and tasks to apply and embed their learning.

Eligible businesses can receive funding for up to five (5) employees to undertake training throughout the life of the program.

Program guidelines

Digital Jobs for Manufacturing – Program guidelines (PDF 283.71 KB)PDF icon

Digital Jobs for Manufacturing – Program guidelines (DOCX 1585.76 KB)DOCX icon

Course handbook

Digital Jobs for Manufacturing – Course handbook (PDF 1826.77 KB)PDF icon

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Read the full list of FAQs.

Applications open on Friday 14 October 2022 and close at 11:59pm on 31 March 2024 (unless funds are allocated earlier).

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