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ICT Geelong identifies regional IT job needs

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Regional Victorian industry group ICT Geelong has been relaunched, as the group estimates the region will need to fill more than 750 IT positions over the next five years, an increase of about 10% annually over current staff numbers.

Until now and its relaunch, ICT Geelong has been focused on meeting State Government funding requirements for the delivery of innovation with a startup culture in mind.

“We are now committed to a change in direction to identify shortages in ICT skills in the region and to develop those skills,” ICT Geelong chairman Jason Steinwedel said.

“Additionally we are expanding our role to industry and commerce by identifying opportunities and assisting in the implementation of information technologies for economic growth.

“This will see ICT Geelong becoming a forum for the region’s CIOs representing commerce, manufacturing, education, health and local government.”

The relaunch of ICT Geelong follows a series of meetings of the region’s tech community, despite the end of the Victorian Government’s Skilling the Bay funding program.

Steinwedel said: “Feedback from a very successful series of meetups and allied events has helped redefine our charter."

The events were convened by Stephanie Beitzel whose contract as chief executive finished with the end of the funding program.

“Much of what we see as our new charter emerged from the work undertaken by Stephanie Beitzel in convening events and in engaging with individual technical professionals. We are indebted to her for this feedback and contribution to our future,” Steinwedel said.

“This feedback, combined with the industrial and commercial growth in the Geelong region in the past two to three years, has redefined what ICT Geelong must do to become recognised as the region’s peak body for information and communications technology.”

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