Another traineeship program by Microsoft Australia in an organization with the State Government will help make a pipeline of IT ability, and kickstart professions in the innovation business. The Microsoft Traineeship Program, which propelled in NSW in late 2018, will grow to South Australia in September and will help assemble workforce ability in Information Technology and distributed computing, and increment IT traineeships. “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,” Minister for Innovation and Skills David Pisoni said. “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. This 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. Microsoft Australia Managing Director Steven Worrall said by 2023, Australia will 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 SouthAustralians,” 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-recognized certifications delivered through TAFE SA.” Businesses large and small are invited to participate in the program. Companies who are participating in the South Australian program include 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.
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