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.
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."