Need to address IT graduates shortage

Need to address IT graduates shortage

18 May 2011

La Trobe University and influential local businesses are calling on employers to step up to the plate and stop a crippling shortage of suitable Information Technology (IT) graduates. The group is spearheading a new cadetship program that makes workplace learning central to IT course structure, creating industry integrated IT degrees.

From left to right: Wayne Robertson, General Manager at Integrating Technology; Ian Gillard, Director at Bendigo IT; David Richardson, CEO of Strategem; David Joss, CEO of Community Telco Australia; Andrew Skewes, Executive Director LTU Bendigo Campus; Mike Hirst, Managing Director of Bendigo and Adelaide Bank; Warren Taylor, IT Manager at Swan Hill Rural City CouncilRepresenting one of the key partners in the initiative, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Managing Director, Mike Hirst, said that programs like the cadetship are key to sustaining a successful community.

‘Attracting and keeping skilled workers in regional areas can be very difficult, but long term employment is a vital part to building a successful local economy.

‘The cadetship will ensure we can keep skilled professions, such as IT, in Bendigo, whilst allowing young people to develop a meaningful career path.’

The bank, along with Bendigo IT, Integrating Technology, Community Telco Australia and Bendigo Community Telco are offering cadetships for applicants wishing to study in La Trobe’s Bachelor of Information Technology and Bachelor of Information Technology (Professional) courses.

All eligible applicants for La Trobe Bendigo’s Bachelor of Information Technology and Bachelor of Information Technology (Professional) may apply through La Trobe for an industry partner cadetship.

‘Successful applicants will start working immediately and be given time off to study their degree part-time. About 30% of their subjects will be industry based and assessed, or taught in collaboration with IT professionals’ said Mary Martin, IT courses coordinator at La Trobe University’s Faculty of Science, Technology and Engineering.

‘La Trobe’s local IT courses have long had the support of local businesses through scholarships and industry placements. The addition of cadetships completes the range of options to keep attracting the best students to the region.’

Ashlee Waugh, who has taken on an industry based learning placement with Bendigo and Adelaide Bank while studying, has a message for any students thinking of taking up either of the courses.

‘I’m having an awesome time in my placement! My database knowledge has improved, I’m getting experience in areas that interest me and it’s fantastic being part of a project team.’

In 2012 local industry will offer nine cadetships to prospective students. Anyone interested in finding out more about La Trobe University IT programs should visit ironbark.bendigo.latrobe.edu.au/IIBIT or attend the Industry Integrated Information Technology Cadetships launch in the conference centre at Bendigo Senior Secondary College at 11.30 am on Monday 23 May.

 

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What?               Industry Integrated Information Technology Cadetships launch
When?               11.30 am – 1.00 pm, Monday 23 May 2011
Where?              Bendigo Senior Secondary College Conference Centre (in C Block under the Alexander Wing).


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