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More than $200,000 to support traineeships in growing IT sector

Up to 40 traineeships will be delivered in a new project with national IT services business DXC Technology (DXC). Minister for Innovation and Skills David Pisoni said the $214,000 Skilling South Australia project will boost industry capability and also increase flexibility in the IT workforce. “The two stage Associate Professional IT career pathway will offer 20 students a Certificate IV in Information Technology at TAFE SA with practical work experience at DXC’s new Digital Transformation Centre,” Minister Pisoni said. “Those who successfully complete Certificate IV will then have the opportunity to continue on to a two-year Diploma traineeship under a training contract at the Adelaide Computer Support and Service Centre. “This is an industry that has not traditionally used vocational education and training. “The State Government is working directly with industry to ensure South Australians are skilled to support the volume of digital solutions coming into the market, and providing flexible training solutions for such a fast-paced environment. “This is an innovative model of learning developed in close partnership with industry that comes with the same benefits as traditional apprenticeships and traineeships: paid learning, workplace experience, mentoring and connection into a network of industry contacts, ultimately leading to skilled careers through a higher-level traineeship as an IT professional. “Australia’s demand for technology workers will grow by 100,000 between 2018 and 2024, and in South Australia alone we expect over 4000 tech-savvy jobs will be created. “By bolstering the skills of our local workforce, we can match this increase in demand and help more South Australians into meaningful careers.” Skilling South Australia is a partnership with the Federal Government to create more than 20,000 new apprenticeships and traineeships over four years. Managing director DXC Technology Australia & New Zealand Seelan Nayagam said DXC has been working alongside the State Government and local businesses to create new and innovative technology solutions, which will ultimately benefit South Australia and the broader Australian community. “Over 150 DXC digital technologists and enterprise solution experts in South Australia will gain employment in the new Digital Transformation Centre (DTC), and DXC expects this to grow to 300 within the next 24 months,” Mr Nayagam said. “Employees at the Adelaide DTC will be able to draw immediately upon a global team of digital specialists and access DXC’s latest digital blueprints from all over the world.

“Key to this is educating South Australians on the benefits of a digital future; starting from the grassroots level through schools and creating pathways through vocational education and tertiary institutions. “The official opening of our Digital Transformation Centre in Adelaide today builds on DXC’s commitment to enhancing ICT capabilities within South Australia and supporting the state’s vision to be a world innovation leader.” The Centre is located at DXC Technology’s existing Felixstow site and is the latest in a long list of global locations in the US, Europe, India and the Philippines, as well as DXC’s regional Digital Transformation Centres in Canberra and Melbourne.

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