Traineeships for military veterans, first responders and their families
MEGT has partnered with Microsoft and specialist non-profits Soldier On and Fortem Australia to offer information technology traineeships for military veterans, first responders and their families through the Career Pathways Program, a special version of the Microsoft Traineeship Program.
Host Employers have an opportunity to provide on-the-job experience for trainees as they transition to a career in the IT sector.
With Australia facing a significant shortage of IT workers, the pilot program is expected to develop up to 100 budding professionals within its’ first year.
It will give Host Employers in the IT sector an opportunity to access new and emerging talent from a diverse pool of candidates, many of whom have devoted many years of service to their country and communities.
Key program benefits
The program provides an exceptional ‘foot-in-the-door’ to a rewarding career in IT, equipping our military veterans, first responders and their family members with a Certificate IV in Information Technology over a two year period. Paid, on-the-job work experience is provided by our Host Employers.
Benefits for Host Employers include:
- Direct access to highly skilled individuals with extensive professional and life experience
- Opportunities to grow a diverse, talented team
- Increasing the pool of Microsoft-certified professionals
- Partnering with Soldier On and Fortem Australia, which supports military veterans, first responders and their families
A report by respected global auditing firm KPMG has found Host Employers in the Microsoft Traineeship Program enjoyed significantly reduced staff turnover and recruitment costs, and that nine out of ten would recommend the program.
It also found 89% would or may employ trainees after the completion of the traineeship.
How does MEGT assist?
As the program’s Group Training Organisation (GTO), MEGT will recruit, screen, employ and support trainees for the duration of the program, minimising the risk for Host Employers and allowing them to focus on developing and nurturing their trainees’ talents.
Are financial incentives available?
Under the Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements (BAC) wage subsidy program, business’ may be eligible for up to 50% of gross wages paid to a maximum of $7,000 per quarter for the first year if the trainee commences prior to March 31st 2022. MEGT can advise and assist with wage subsidy applications.
You can watch the Career Pathways Program launch event below: