According to Deloitte, by 2025 there will be 150,000 more tech jobs in future cloud-based technologies and 90% of jobs will require digital skills by 2030 according to PWC. Currently, only 6000 Australian IT graduates complete their university education per year. He World Economic Forum states that 170,000 more ICT qualifications will be demanded by employers in 2025.
The Microsoft Traineeship Program is designed to support budding technology/IT professionals take the first step in their career. Trainees have the opportunity to gain valuable, hands-on experience while they work towards a nationally accredited qualification — Certificate IV in Information Technology. Trainees will also obtain some of the latest cloud computing Microsoft certifications as part of the Azure Administrator Certification Track.
The program was launched in 2019, and to date, there have been more than 15,000 applications, 200+ trainees and 60+ participating employers in QLD, NSW, ACT, VIC, SA and WA. New trainees and organisations are joining our program and community every day. Our program blends academic and practical, on-the job learning and experience.
How it works
Sourcing and screening
Potential host employers express interest to participate in the Microsoft Traineeship Program. MEGT will source high-quality, suitable trainee candidates for the host partners.
Shortlisting and interviewing
MEGT will provide a shortlist of pre-screened candidates for host employers to interview, keeping in mind the right fit for the host partners’ business. Trainees will be selected based on both attitude and aptitude, with additional and targeted efforts made to source female trainees, as well as trainees from Indigenous and culturally diverse backgrounds.
All trainees will complete a thorough pre-employment induction with MEGT before entering the program. Trainees will also be signed into their traineeship and enrolled with TAFE/ACCM to undertake a Certificate IV in Information Technology.
Completion and employment
After the trainee has completed their Certificate IV in Information Technology, host employers may choose to keep them on as a permanent employee without paying any transfer fees.
Prodigy Learning is an award-winning global EdTech business, providing innovative online platforms that enable learners to develop and prove their skills. Prodigy Learning has worked closely with Microsoft since incorporation in 2000. The Company is a Microsoft Gold Application Development Partner and a Global Training Partner of Microsoft in Education supporting academic institutions with Microsoft Certifications, Minecraft: Education Edition and other Microsoft Education solutions. As a partner of the Microsoft Traineeship Program, Prodigy Learning has co-designed and developed the training program, which blends the latest Microsoft Azure Certifications with a customised Certificate IV in Information Technology.
The Australian College of Commerce and Management has been providing high quality training and vocational education to students across business, accounting, administration, IT, leadership, finance and warehousing courses since 1996. Their partnership with the Microsoft Traineeship Program provides the trainees and hosts the maximum benefit in terms of support and flexibility in the form of online education delivery. ACCM created a unique IT learning program that offers not only high-quality materials, relevant and practical assessments, and experienced support, but also the ability to study at any time.
The Microsoft Traineeship Program has partnered with these education-providers across the country to provide a mixed delivery of the program in NSW, WA, VIC, ACT, QLD and SA.
SoldierOn is a national charity supporting more than 5,000 veterans and their family members through Health and Wellbeing services, Employment Support, Learning and Education Programs, as well as Participation and Social Connection activities. Their services help individuals build resilience and create meaningful connections with family, community and employers. Soldier On is a leader in supporting those who have served and continue to serve in the Australian Defence Force. With an exemplary track record of providing practical and emotional assistance critical to building successful post-service lives, Soldier On is now also recognised as an essential first port of call for veterans and their families as they transition from the Defence Force to civilian life.
SoldierOn has partnered with Fortem and the Microsoft Traineeship Program to support Australian Military Veterans and First Responders take the first steps into technology careers. This collaboration believes that military veterans and first responders have worked to protect, defend and care for their community – they are highly skilled individuals with extensive professional and life experience. With the right educational, career and mentoring support, they could be invaluable contributors to the technology industry.
Fortem was founded to provide specialised wellbeing and mental fitness support to first responder families. Established in mid-2019, they aim to fill a need for first responders and their families. The devastating Black Summer bushfires in 2019-2020, and the associated trauma endured by first responder families, further intensified the need for urgent mental health and wellbeing support for these members of our community. Fortem is a national not-for-profit organisation with a community approach. They use research and best practice to develop wellbeing activities, community engagement and psychological support that support the mental health and wellbeing of the people who work in Australia’s national security and emergency responder communities and their families.
Fortem has partnered with SoldierOn and the Microsoft Traineeship Program to support Australian Military Veterans and First Responders take the first steps into technology careers. This collaboration believes that military veterans and first responders have worked to protect, defend and care for their community – they are highly skilled individuals with extensive professional and life experience. With the right educational, career and mentoring support, they could be invaluable contributors to the technology industry.
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First IT program graduates make the grade
Congratulations to the first ever graduates of our Microsoft Traineeship Program have completed their Certificate IV in Information Technology. The online graduation ceremony took place on Tuesday December 8th 2020.