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XCentral selected to host the new graduate program sponsored by Microsoft and TAFE NSW

Flavia Fontana | 19 November 2018

XCentral selected to host the new graduate program sponsored by Microsoft and TAFE NSW

Microsoft has launched a new traineeship program aimed at creating a new pipeline of IT talent.

Thanks to our reputation of cloud pioneers and tracked history of successful cloud migrations, we are proud to announce that XCentral has been shortlisted to host the new traineeship program.

Working in partnership with MEGT, Prodigy Learning and TAFE, the traineeship program will combine a Certificate IV in Information Technology Networking with paid work experience.

The Cert IV will be delivered by TAFE NSW, while trainees will also work towards achieving a Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate certification, which includes a specialisation in cloud skills.

The program is designed to offer students a foot in the door to an IT career by incorporating a core set of seven Microsoft certifications, including some of the latest Azure and cloud computing certifications. Though the traineeship features cloud-specific Microsoft certifications, TAFE’s IT training will be broad and foundational, with trainees provided education across multiple systems and software, according to TAFE NSW.

Trainees will work 38 hour weeks and will spend one day a week at TAFE for a full day of training. The certificate will take two years to complete.

Speaking at a launch event in Sydney, Microsoft Australia managing director Steven Worrall said skills were required to drive the next phase of economic growth in Australia

“We’ve come off 27 years of unbroken economic growth, to be born in and live in Australia you have won the lottery, especially our generation, and yet as we look to the next 27 years, I’m not sure there are many people who are going to argue that what has brought us to this point is unlikely to take us forward,” he said.

“Dependence on mining and resources industry may not carry the country forward as it has over the last 27 years, all around us we see the signs of digital transformation, we know that digital technology is going to impact every part of our lives, it already is.

“We know that digital technologies are going to change the way in which companies operate and we know digital technology is going to change the way governments service citizens across the country. It will impact literally every part of our society.”

“So for us, one of the first elements of addressing that opportunity is the gap that we see in the number of people working in the ICT industry and the skills shortage that we see all around us.”

We are extremely excited about the opportunity to mentor new talent in the IT industry and look forward to sharing insightful stories as the program kicks off.