Information technology (IT) skills are in demand and there are some big-name opportunities out there for apprentice and trainee graduates
In just a few years, Australia will need an extra 100,000 workers in the information and computer technology (ICT) field to fill the skill shortage. And according to a recent SEEK report, the job ads just keep increasing. That’s A LOT of jobs to fill. It’s trainees and apprentices who can help close the gap – and nab a cool career pretty much anywhere in the country.
The Microsoft Traineeship Program launched in 2019 and placed over 100 trainees with employers in Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide and Melbourne in its first year.
Trainees work towards a Certificate IV in Information Technology while getting real-life experience. They also get to do some of Microsoft’s latest cloud computing certifications.
Alicia Munt was one of the first participants in Canberra, and finished her traineeships at the end of 2020. “I could take the skills I was learning in class and apply them to my everyday work. It also helped me build a network of like- minded people,” she says.
Other big programs include Accenture’s cyber security traineeships in Adelaide, and digital higher apprenticeships.
These let you study a diploma-level course while working in IT in the public service, at consulting firms like PwC or in specialist businesses across Australia. “It was a great way to start my career in IT,” says Alicia. – Chloe Walker
Alicia’s study and career pathway
VET + IT study
- Certificate IV in Information Technology, TAFE (see your state)
- Certificate I, II or III in Information, Digital Media and Technology, Charles Darwin University
- Diploma of Database Design and Development, Training.gov.au
VET + IT jobs
- Computer technician: $38K–$66K
- User support technician: $43K–$73K
- Systems administrator: $51K–$90K*
*Source: salaries according to payscale.com
This article originally appears in Careers with STEM: Apprenticeships & Traineeships 2021 – the flip cover to Careers with STEM: Engineering 2021.
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Author: Chloe Walker
Chloe is a freelance writer and editor from Melbourne. She loves talking to people about their passions, whether that’s STEM, arts, business, or something else entirely! www.chloe-walker.com