Indigenous youth given more IT opportunities

A new technology initiative in the Northern Territory aims to produce a minimum of 50 ‘work ready’ apprentices over the next five years, with half to be young Indigenous Australians.

The IT Apprenticeship Hub, launched by NEC Australia in partnership with the NT Government, will connect students with technical expertise and resources, providing them with pathways to employment.

Alan Hyde, managing director at NEC Australia, said the program will help the company deliver value back to the communities it operates in.

“The program is designed not only to deliver direct benefits to participating students, but also to develop a training framework and workplace culture that ensures NEC Australia can impart knowledge to apprentices effectively,” Hyde said.

The program also aims to develop the skill-base within the Northern Territory to support local IT businesses, combining technical skills development at NEC’s service delivery centre and a formal qualification from Charles Darwin University. Apprentices will train on the NEC service desk, and within the field services and engineering departments.

After completing the twelve-month program, NEC may offer apprentices further placement as school based apprentices, full-time traineeships, or full-time positions at the company.

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