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Microsoft IT traineeship program expanding to South Australia

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A new traineeship program by Microsoft Australia, which launched in NSW in late 2018, will expand to South Australia in September this year. It is designed to help build workforce capability in information technology and cloud computing, and increase IT traineeships in the state.

The SA Minister for Innovation and Skills David Pisoni says the state government has provided almost $200,000 in funding for the program “which will provide about 40 people with two-year traineeships that combine on-the-job, paid work experience with a Certificate IV in Information Technology and a Microsoft Azure Certification delivered through TAFE SA”.

“Participants do not need a degree or any previous work experience, as they will be provided with training as well as being employed by MEGT. Host businesses in the Microsoft Partner Network, in metro and regional areas will provide the participants with on-the-job work and experience.

“It’s critical for our state’s future economic success that our workforce is suitably skilled to meet industry needs – particularly at a time of unprecedented opportunity in sectors such as space, cyber security and defence.

“Deloitte Access Economics: Australia’s Digital Pulse (2018) forecasts 2800 new ICT jobs in SA by 2023. Apprenticeships and traineeships in areas such as trades, IT or cyber security can open up exciting local opportunities.

“IT companies in SA and nationally are experiencing increased demand for information technology roles at the higher skill level and introducing a simple, statewide program for IT businesses to access trainees will encourage longer-term use of this career pathway.”

The traineeship program is part of the Skilling South Australia initiative, a partnership with the Australian Government to create 20,800 new apprenticeships and traineeships over four years.

“It’s among more than 60 Skilling South Australia projects, worth more than $11 million, that have been funded by Government and co-designed with business and industry,” Minister Pisoni said.

Microsoft Australia managing director Steven Worrall said by 2023, Australia would face a significant shortfall of workers in the ICT sector and the local technology industry needs to play a more significant role in growing and nurturing talent.

“By working with strategic delivery partners TAFE SA, Prodigy Learning and MEGT, as well as a network of Microsoft partner businesses in South Australia, we aim to create a new pipeline of exceptional IT talent and create exciting career opportunities for South Australians,” Worrall said.

“This program provides an excellent foot-in-the-door for aspiring trainees who want an exciting and rewarding career in IT, combining vital on-the-job experience with industry recognised certifications delivered through TAFE SA.”

Microsoft said businesses large and small were invited to participate in the program, and companies who were participating in the South Australian program included Compnow, Datacom, DXC Technology and HCL. In Sydney and Canberra, participating companies have included ANZ, KPMG, Dicker Data, oobe, Winc, Veritec and DXC.

DXC Technology Australia and New Zealand managing director Seelan Nayagam said DXC is “delighted to be involved with Microsoft’s traineeship program where they have supported two people in Sydney take their first steps into building a career in IT”.

“We are pleased this program is now expanding to Adelaide where we will be looking at four more individuals to join our growing operations across South Australia.”

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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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