“We’re in the midst of a massive acceleration of change,” said Professor Nick Barter, Dean and Director of Learning Futures and Griffith Online.
“COVID-19 has been a key driver of much of that change through digital disruption and through the way we approach major issues confronting business and the community generally.
“Industry, for example, is now demanding a lot more from the digital space such as data analytics, while new responses are being sought for climate change, sustainability and the circular economy, and especially now for public health.
“In developing the graduate certificate programs and working with the government to get the funding allocation to make them really affordable, we looked at key fields of study such as STEM, but also other areas that fall into the zone of special needs.”
Griffith’s Job-Ready Certificates offer courses between 12 and 24 weeks across varied disciplines, focused on anticipated future challenges for professionals in their respective fields.
Autism Studies is among the areas that Professor Barter says impacts people in many ways, prompting Griffith to allocate 110 places to this program. Other programs include Renewable Energy Engineering, Cyber Security, Safety Leadership and Suicidology.
“You could find in any one of these graduate certificate programs a direct line of sight to changes that are likely occurring in your industry and workplace,” he said.
“It might be a big climate change initiative and how today’s commitments by business will impact your workplace or career in 10 years’ time. It’s important to understand where you want to land in that situation.”
Griffith University has been able to increase the placings available for its Job-Ready Certificates program following an expansion of the Federal Government’s Job-Ready Graduate Package last year.
Government subsidies offer savings of between $3000 and $9000 per program of study at Griffith.
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