Wednesday, 12 November 2014 22:34

NEC invests $25m in Wollongong region Featured

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NEC is set to invest $25 million in Wollongong in the Illawarra region of New South Wales in a partnership with the University of Wollongong, creating around 100 new jobs and facilitating growth in the local ICT sector.

NEC has signed an agreement with the UOW that will see the Japanese global ICT group establish a new corporate office at the university’s Innovation Campus and the hiring of 110 new staff.

The managing director of NEC Australia Tetsuro Akagi said the partnership with UOW will include a graduate program to build ICT careers in the region and encourage growth in the sector in regional NSW.

The investment has been facilitated through Advantage Wollongong, a partnership between the NSW Government, UOW and Wollongong City Council which promotes Wollongong as a place to do business and invest, with the aim of creating jobs and bringing investment to the region.

Akagi said the investment marked a major boost to existing capabilities and resources dedicated to serving NEC’s customers in NSW, and through the strategic partnership with UOW the company can provide a wide range of solutions to current and future customers that extends beyond ICT contracted services. NEC will also look to bring global capabilities to the Wollongong Region by introducing its advanced innovation programs being led out of Japan.

NEC’s NSW State Manager Peter Boyd said the investment is one of the company’s largest in the state, “adding significant numbers of new permanent jobs in regional NSW”.

“The addition of the Wollongong site to existing NEC offices in NSW offers the Australia business the foundation to deliver services for new and existing customers in regional NSW while directly delivering jobs growth to the area.

“We’ve already created hundreds of new jobs to support our continued growth in South Australia and the Northern Territory and with the addition of Wollongong, NSW is now on the same trajectory in terms of new jobs and investments.”

UOW Corporate Relations Director Craig Peden said that by moving into the university’s Innovation Campus, NEC “will not only be part of a dedicated research, development and business precinct, they will have the opportunity to recruit UOW’s world-class ICT graduates and collaborate with leading researchers.

“At the same time current and future students have increasingly exciting career prospects right here in Wollongong."

“The unique combination of state-of-the-art real estate, access to talent by way of UOW’s student and graduate pool and the wonderful business and lifestyle benefits of a Wollongong location makes for a very compelling business case for the Innovation Campus as a business destination of choice.”

According to Peden, UOW is one of Australia’s largest information and communications technology institutes with more than 2500 students enrolled in 2013. “UOW graduates enjoy the enviable position of achieving one of the highest employment rates nationally, along with typically higher starting salaries compared to graduates from other institutions.”


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