Microsoft traineeships to boost information technology careers

Jul 09, 2019

TAFE SA Microsoft Traineeship Program

TAFE SA is proud to be a partner of the new Microsoft Traineeship Program which will help create a pipeline of IT talent in South Australia, and kickstart careers in technology.

TAFE SA has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Microsoft Australia and will work closely with Registered Group Training Organisation, MEGT, the Department for Innovation and Skills and employers to deliver the program.

The State Government has provided almost $200,000 in funding for the program which will provide about 40 people with two-year traineeships that combine on-the-job, paid work experience with a Certificate IV in Information Technology and a Microsoft Azure Certification delivered through TAFE SA.

Participants are not required to have a qualification or any previous work experience, as they will be provided with the training as well as support from the training organisation.

Host businesses in the Microsoft Partner Network, in metro and regional areas, will provide the participants with on-the-job work and experience.

At the launch of the program, TAFE SA Chief Executive, David Coltman, said that course content will ensure that trainees obtain relevant skills aligned to some of the industry’s most in-demand jobs.

“This program will create some amazing career opportunities and it will support businesses who are searching for more IT specialists, and we are proud to be part of it,” Mr Coltman said.

“The Microsoft Traineeship Program will address the direct skill requirements of IT businesses and provide students with the skills they need for long and successful careers in an industry which is going to require many more skilled workers in the future.”

TAFE SA and Prodigy Learning have co-designed and developed the training program, which blends the latest Microsoft Azure Certifications with a customised Certificate IV in Information Technology.

Interested companies can contact TAFE SA’s Business Development team at bdm@tafesa.edu.au or access more information online at https://www.tafesa.edu.au/industry/partnerships/microsoft-traineeship-program.

Prospective trainees can apply for the program at https://www.megt.com.au/microsoft-traineeship-program

Picture (from left): Beth Worrall – National Skills Program Lead, Microsoft; Marcus Clements – Director, Australia Commercial Customers, Datacom; Christopher Kapnopulos – Trainee (NSW), Microsoft; Hon. David Pisoni MP – Minister for Innovation and Skills; Cian Zoller – Human Resources Director, Australia & New Zealand, DXC Technology; Breanna Appel – National Account Manager – Microsoft, MEGT (Australia); David Coltman – Chief Executive, TAFE SA