While all students participating in The Big Lift attend the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), the sessions do not promote any one institution.
Glenn O'Sullivan, Co-ordinator of The Big Lift said: 'Today, universities and other training institutions are extremely flexible. You have far more choices in combining paths of study so you can follow the courses which interest you. Among other things, this can include industrial and international experience. There are also a range of financial assistance and scholarships available, particularly to students in regional areas.'
Presentations will be given by Information & Communication Technologies (ICT) graduates and also current students from the faculties of Engineering, Law, Business, Science, Arts & Social Sciences, Nursing, Midwifery & Health and Architecture & Building. The Big Lift students will be available to talk with local students and their parents after the sessions.
John Ridge, Executive Director of the Australian Computer Society Foundation, said: 'There is a huge demand for ICT professionals and we need to be able to show motivated school leavers the broad spectrum of career opportunities available to them.
'Technology is woven into all aspects of our lives. Today, every business and all innovation stand on the shoulders of ICT. This demand can only be supported we have a growing pool of qualified people across Australia,' he said.
There are great messages for school leavers, parents and teachers. ICT work is challenging, creative and fast paced. It covers everything from arresting climate change to entertainment. It's lifestyle to mission critical. There are endless rural, urban and personal applications.
The profession has one of the most rapidly expanding career pathways available with great opportunities for promotion and high income. It offers tremendous flexibility to work from home, in an office, part-time or full-time.
ICT is this generation's opportunity to see the world. And, the opportunities in Australia will bring them home again. ICT qualifications and experience are recognised globally.
'The world needs teenagers with an aptitude for technology, who are turned on by innovation, to consider a career in the ICT profession,' John Ridge said.
The Big Lift Career Information Evenings are supported by the ACS Foundation as part of National ICT Careers Week. The Big Lift group will be touring regional centres in NSW and Queensland.
The Big Lift Career Information Evenings are free events and will be held:
Dubbo - Saturday 3 July, 5.30 to 6.30 pm
At The Orchid House Meeting Room, Back of Victoria Park between Oval 2 & 3, Dubbo
Gilgandra - Sunday 4 July, 6.00 to 7.00 pm
At Gilgandra High School, Court St, Gilgandra
Moree - Monday 5 July, 6.30 to 7.30 pm
At Moree Rugby Union Club, Inverell Rd, Moree
To assist with communication, registration is encouraged, but not required. http://biglift.org/talks
The Big Lift (www.biglift.org)
The Big Lift is a University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Union Club community service project. Over eight days from 3-10 July, 40 students will travel by bus through NSW and Queensland, stopping in six towns and cities to help under-resourced community organisations and host information session for senior high school students and their parents.
These sessions are being run to offer students and parents a chance to network and ask questions regarding a range of careers and university disciplines and provide a resource to regional high school students.
National ICT Careers Week
The ICT: Start Here Go Anywhere careers awareness campaign aims to improve 14-19 year old students' perceptions of ICT study and careers by highlighting the diversity of ICT courses and career opportunities.
National ICT Careers Week will be held in all states and territories from 26 July to 1 August as an initiative of the ICT Industry Leadership Group, co-hosted by the Australian Computer Society and the Australian Information Industry Association.
Full details of participating organisations, and their proposed activities, are listed on the National ICT Careers Week web site www.ictcareersweek.info
Individuals and companies can participate in the careers week by organising events, school and work visits, open days, competitions or other activities during the week.
Proudly hosted by thevAustralian Computer Society, Australian Information Industry Association, and supported by ACS Foundation and Australian Council of Deans of Informatoin and Communications Technology.
About The ACS Foundation (www.acsfoundation.com.au)
The ACS Foundation was established in August 2001 to encourage both private and public sponsorship of IT higher education and research. By increasing funding opportunities for industry to contribute to education programs, the Foundation seeks to create a highly skilled workforce, able to effectively access research and industry-specific training. Since its establishment, the ACS Foundation has raised more than $25 million and awarded more than 2,000 scholarships.
The prime scholarship facilitator focused exclusively on the ICT industry, the ACS Foundation receives funding from ICT companies, industry associations, Government bodies, individuals and the ACS itself. An ATO-designated Deductible Gift Recipient, the ACS Foundation provides tax effective programs for industry and private donors.
Glenn O'Sullivan, Co-ordinator: The Big Lift
Mobile: 0412 557 651
Ph: 02 9418 8100
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