Wednesday, 02 October 2019 13:03

Microsoft extends traineeship program to Victoria

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Microsoft Australia is extending its traineeship program to Victoria in partnership with the Victorian Government and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT).

Microsoft’s extension of its program follows the recent announcement by the Victorian Government that it will invest $200,000 to expand the program to the state.

The program will combine a Certificate IV in Information Technology with paid work experience at some of Australia’s leading organisations, with the first cohort of trainees joining the program in Victoria in the coming weeks.

In Victoria, the program partners include Coles, CompNow, MEGT Australia, Modex, Blue Connections, Thomas Duryea Logicalis, Advance Computing and Datacom.

Microsoft says trainees are not required to have a background in IT and can be at any stage in their career, and the program aims to create career pathways for people who have been under-represented in the IT industry, including women, Indigenous people, people from non-English speaking background and people living with a disability.

Victoria’s Minister for Jobs, Innovation and Trade Martin Pakula announced the program at RMIT on Wednesday, noting that communications technology sector, with the number of people graduating with degrees in this area is not enough to meet demand.

“Through this program, we are investing in the next generation of IT professionals, ensuring they have the skills and real-world experience to forge ahead in their careers,” Pakula said.

Microsoft Australia Managing Director Steven Worrall said: “With support from the Government – as well as a network of local partner and customer organisations – we aim to create a new pipeline of exceptional IT talent and create exciting career opportunities for aspiring trainees."

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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