ACS and Google will work together to deliver free scholarships to ACS members under the Google Career Certificate program.

The program provides Australians with high-demand digital skills and works with some of the country’s leading employers to connect graduates to technology-related jobs.

Google Career Certificates are online courses in high growth technology areas including IT support, data analytics, project management, digital marketing and e-commerce, and UX design.

The short, flexible courses take three to six months to complete through the Coursera platform and are part of Google Australia’s Digital Future Initiative.

"We're delighted to be partnering with Google on building the Australian technology sector's skills and giving our members access to world leading development courses,” said ACS CEO Chris Vein.

"The technology sector's dynamic nature means the sector's professionals need to keep up to date with new and emerging fields and these courses help keep their skills current.

"As ACS' annual Digital Pulse report highlighted last year, Australia will need many more tech professionals to meet the nation's technology needs and this partnership with Google is one way we can achieve this."

Melanie Silva, managing director of Google Australia said technology-related roles are in demand across all industries in Australia, and employers place a premium on these skills.

“Google Career Certificates provide flexibility along with the skills Australians and businesses are looking for. We are excited to work with ACS to help connect young and emerging IT professionals to these scholarship opportunities, as we work to support a strong and inclusive digital future for all Australians.”

Late last year, Google announced a consortium of some of Australia’s largest companies including Australia Post, Woolworths Group, Canva, Optus and IAG would recognise the qualifications and have expressed interest in considering program graduates for open roles.

ACS members interested in applying for one of the scholarships can apply here.