Posted on 07. Jul, 2010 in Victoria

The National Broadband Network hub has delivered its first spin off to Melbourne with a new super-fast broadband training centre to be set up in Melbourne, creating training opportunities for over 1000 students.

Minister for Information and Communication Technology, John Lenders, said landing the National Broadband Network was just the start of Victoria’s new economic future.

“This is the first of what we expect will be hundreds of training and jobs announcements now that we are the ICT capital of Australia,” Mr Lenders said.

“Securing the NBN in Melbourne sets up the next phase of Victoria’s economy – following Victoria’s historic agricultural, mining, manufacturing and services phases.

“Thanks to the NBN global technology giant Huawei will team up with RMIT University to start its collaborative Next Generation Technology Training Centre in Melbourne.

“This is great news for young Victorians looking for a rewarding career in a city with an exciting ICT future.”

Speaking at RMIT University today, Mr Lenders said the Next Generation Technology Training Centre was testament to Victoria’s role as the technology hub of Australia.

“Huawei has chosen Victoria as its training base and RMIT University as its lead university to drive its entry into the next generation broadband market, training 1000 students nationally – including 500 in Victoria – over the next three years,” Mr Lenders said.

“The new centre will be a joint effort between RMIT and Huawei and will also serve as Huawei’s regional training centre for staff and customers.

“A major part of the centre’s function will be training people across the ICT industry on next-generation technology, with a particular focus on products and hardware for the NBN.”

Mr Lenders said Huawei will dedicate permanent R&D training staff to teach and train on the company’s latest technology, ready for use on the NBN.

“Just last week Premier John Brumby announced that Victoria would host the 700 highly skilled jobs created at the NBN,” Mr Lenders said.

“Huawei is one of the world’s leading broadband technology companies, and this training program will drive the uptake of products and services that will be delivered with the advent of super fast broadband.

“Today’s announcement is another vote of confidence in Victoria with our highly skilled workforce, competitive tax system and supportive government.”

Huawei Australia CEO Mr Guo Fulin said the training centre was the latest step in Huawei’s growth in Victoria.

“Huawei is already working with some of Australia’s largest telecoms operators in Victoria and this announcement will serve as a foundation to further grow our Victorian presence,” he said.

“With Huawei’s global experience in Next-Generation technology development, we are looking forward to sharing this knowledge with Australia’s future ICT professionals.” 

When in Shanghai earlier this year, the Premier joined Huawei global chief executive Mr Zhengfei Ren to announce the company’s expansion in Victoria, creating 200 new ICT jobs and effectively doubling its Australian workforce.

“The Brumby Labor Government will be doing everything we can to capitalise on this momentum, encouraging companies to expand in Melbourne and bring thousands of jobs to Victorian families,” Mr Lenders said.

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