YOUNG VICTORIANS EXPOSED TO ICT CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

YOUNG VICTORIANS EXPOSED TO ICT CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Posted on 26. Jul, 2010 in Victoria

Young Victorians should consider a career in the State’s booming ICT industry to take advantage of the raft of jobs expected to flow after securing the hub of the $43 billion National Broadband Network.

Minister for Information and Communication Technology, John Lenders, said this week’s National ICT Careers Week would spark the interest of young Victorians thinking about being part the next phase of Victoria’s economy.

“There is simply no better time to consider an ICT career in Victoria than right now,” 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. This is great news for young Victorians looking for a rewarding career in a city with an exciting ICT future.

“This year’s careers week is designed to help 14-19 year old students and their parents discover the dynamic career choices available in ICT.

“With the right ICT skills, young Victorians can access a range of diverse, challenging and rewarding career opportunities in the nation’s ICT capital.”

Mr Lenders said the Brumby Labor Government was taking action to ensure Victoria has a strong ICT workforce and a reliable supply of skilled workers into the future.

“We are working closely with industry as well as the universities and TAFEs, to ensure the next generation of ICT graduates are job-ready and most importantly have the skills sets required by business,” Mr Lenders said.

In 2009 the Victorian Government released Building our Industries for the Future strategy which included $1.85 million towards ICT programs designed to boost the number of people choosing ICT as a course of study and career.

As part of National ICT Careers Week celebrations, the Victorian Information Technology Teachers Association (VITTA) will host an ICT & Careers Expo at BMW Edge, Federation Square on Thursday 29 July, aimed at students, parents and teachers.

“The expo is a free event that offers an outstanding opportunity for young people to meet ICT professionals, learn more about the sector, and speak face-to-face with experts on career paths and training,” Mr Lenders said.

“In Victoria the ICT sector generates annual revenue of $27.4 billion and exports of over $2.9 billion. More than 140,000 people are employed in ICT jobs across all industries — almost a third of the national ICT workforce,” Mr Lenders said.

For further information about National ICT Careers Week activities visit www.ictcareersweek.info

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