Applications

Applications for the Digital and Technology Skills Program opened on 26 February 2019 and closed on 26 March 2019.

Funding Recipients

Eight applicants were awarded funding through the Digital and Technology Skills Program:

City of Belmont ($21,896) for ‘Film It!!’ – Use filmmaking to create interest and participation in STEM among culturally and linguistically diverse, Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and/or low SES youth (13-21 years).

City of Bunbury ($30,000) for the Bunbury Library Makerspace – Increase skills and awareness in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) through fun and engaging events and a regional STEAM network in the City of Bunbury.

Fire Tech Camp Australia Pty Ltd ($147,007) for the Wirrpanda STEM Indigenous Program – Spark interest and engagement with digital and technology literacy among Aboriginal teenagers in Port Hedland and Perth through boot camps and after-school programs.

Peel Bright Minds ($49,197) for the Peel Bright Minds Program – Increase regional teachers’ capabilities in digital and technology education through a supportive teachers’ network, and promote STEM careers to young people via industry tours to innovative local businesses.

Shire of Murray ($30,000) for Murray STEM Futures – Provide out-of-school-hours opportunities for young people (particularly girls) and others in the community to increase their digital and technology skills via a series of free workshops and lendable coding and robotics kits in the Shire of Murray.

Spacecubed ($210,000) for She Codes – Support and encourage digital and technological entrepreneurship among women by combining networking opportunities and one-week intensive and six-month coding courses in regional WA and Perth.

Winyama Pty Ltd ($70,000) for the Indigenous Mapping Workshop – Increase digital and technology skills in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in regional WA through digital mapping technology training and providing insight into geospatial technology as a valid career pathway.

Women in Technology WA ($179,900) for the Techtrails [tech+] Future Skills Program – Expand the delivery of the Techtrails [tech+] Future Skills Program to remote, regional and outer metropolitan schools, encouraging secondary students, especially girls, to participate in STEM and make innovative career choices. A Mobile Virtual Reality unit will also be used to further engage students in this program.

Program Overview

The Digital and Technology Skills Program (the Program) is funded under the State STEM skills strategy. The Program assists Western Australians under-represented in STEM, and/or living in regional or remote communities in digital and technology engagement and skill building. Grants are provided to well-established STEM education service providers to deliver proposed projects that achieve one or more of the following:

  • assists in the development of digital and/or technology skills;
  • raises awareness of the importance of digital and/or technology skills for current and future jobs; or
  • creates interest and participation in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) through digital and/or technology education.

Providers should be from outside the formal education system, be registered in Western Australia, intend to deliver the project in the State and have a track record of successfully delivering STEM education projects or programs. New providers interested in applying are encouraged to form partnerships with more established organisations.

The Program focuses principally on students from Western Australian schools with Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage (ICSEA) values of 1000 or less and people in the community who are under-represented in STEM or living in regional or remote areas. This includes the existing workforce. Proposed projects could be aimed at: educating students; reskilling adults in their current or desired employment role; or providing teachers with professional development.

Successful grant applications are selected based on the following:

  • provider capability and capacity;
  • project quality and feasibility; and
  • project impact.

Levels of Funding

Grants are awarded for a duration of up to three years, with funding commencing during the first half of 2019.

The Program has two tiers of funding:

  • between $40,000 and $70,000 per annum per application over a period of up to three years; and
  • between $10,000 and $20,000 per annum per application over a period of up to three years.

For either tier, the applicant must provide or secure a net cash co-investment of funds at a rate of no less than 30:70 of applicant to State Government funding.

Contact

The Program is administered by the Science and Innovation Division of the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation. The Program is funded under Western Australia’s State STEM skills strategy.

For more information please contact:

Nicole McCallum
Project Officer
Email: science@jtsi.wa.gov.au
Phone: +61 8 9222 0744    

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