The ACS Foundation (ACSF) charter is to encourage private and public sponsorship of ICT higher education and research initiatives, has signed an agreement with the NSW Department of Industry to become an industry partner of the Jobs of Tomorrow Scholarship Fund program which kicks off in March.
The release of the first Jobs of Tomorrow Scholarships from the NSW Government’s $25 million fund will begin awarding 25,000 scholarships, over four years, to students undertaking qualifications for technology-based growth industries.
NSW Minister for Skills John Barilaro has welcomed the initiative during his visit to Port Macquarie TAFE today. “We need more young people learning skills in STEM to keep our economy moving and ensure our people are ready for the jobs of the future,” Mr Barilaro said.
“Those students undertaking vocational training in science, technology, engineering or maths-related courses through Smart and Skilled are eligible for a $1,000 Jobs of Tomorrow scholarship,” he added.
John Ridge AM, Executive Director of the ACS Foundation, said: “By partnering with industry members such as the ACS Foundation, the NSW Government is committing to providing students, who are undertaking Jobs of Tomorrow Scholarship qualifications, with further opportunities and support. We will be actively working to raise greater awareness of the scholarships as well as the career opportunities and benefits of upgrading their qualifications.”
The ACS Foundation will provide industry mentoring and career advice, access to industry networking opportunities, professional development and exposure to the professional body, the Australian Computer Society.
The Jobs of Tomorrow Scholarship Fund was announced by NSW Premier Mike Baird in March 2015 as part of a pre-election commitment to create 150,000 new jobs in NSW. The aim is to encourage more vocational education and training students to enrol in and complete courses in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) areas to prepare them for the jobs of tomorrow.
The scholarships will be offered for targeted qualifications on the NSW Skills List that meet the needs of industry in NSW and offer job prospects for learners. Nearly 70 qualifications at Certificate IV and above are eligible for Jobs of Tomorrow Scholarships in areas such as manufacturing, engineering, information technology, health and electrotechnology. The $1,000 Jobs of Tomorrow Scholarships will provide each student with $500 on commencement of their training and $500 on completion of their qualification. Applications will open in early March 2016 from the NSW Department of Industry.
“I congratulate Premier Mike Baird and his Government for bringing this grassroots initiative to fruition. We share the vision for this greater focus on innovation and science. The transformational impact of technology on businesses and jobs is creating more demand for workers with STEM skills,” Ridge said.