The program - Software Defined Networking - is part of Telstra’s $25 million investment in training to give its own staff the skills they need to succeed in the future.
The online program, which will be fully accredited by RMIT University, will run for six weeks, will also be open to industry professionals, enabling participants to gain an in-depth understanding of SDN and NFV technologies.
RMIT says the industry-led short program will bring an Australian focus to the role, through industry mentors and case studies, to ensure students are equipped with an understanding of the local landscape.
Helen Souness, CEO of RMIT Online, says she believes the latest program offering will serve to prepare Australia’s telecommunications community for the advent of a new era in communications.
“New network technologies are driving the need for network engineers and telcos to upskill. We are thrilled to support Telstra to support its staff so proactively in this transition.”
Combining learning expertise with insights from the industry, Rebecca Holden from Telstra said the collaboration with RMIT Online reflected the importance of co-designing industry-based programs with leading education providers.
“As technology evolves so too does the need for lifelong learning. Gone are the days where we can ‘set-and-forget’ once we have a degree or diploma. This micro-credential will play an important part in making sure our workforce is ready for the future,” Holden said.