Young students with dreams to save lives or simply entertain, can achieve their goals via an exciting technology-based career – there are medical systems waiting to be invented and games to be designed.
Sydney, 10 March 2014: In an address today to an elite group of Information Technology under-graduates, Richard White, CEO of WiseTech Global - a multi-award winning, global developer of cloud-based software solutions for the international and domestic logistics industries – congratulated them on their choice of profession: “You are where Australia’s current political and business leaders should be looking to secure this country’s economic future.
“We must stop obsessing about industries that are past their use-by date. In 20 years all the old world industrial, manual labour jobs will be gone. Australia needs to look ahead to where we can excel – to the ICT sector. You and your peers represent the next wave of Australia’s prosperity.”
As WiseTech has proven, IT now underpins every aspect of every business and Australian software companies can be global leaders. Its innovative solutions focus on streamlining the complex management and operational requirements of the international and domestic logistics industries, where data and the flow of information are as valuable as parcels and planes.
“New software can be created wherever the creativity, skills and tools are available. You can be sitting in Alexandria or Port Melbourne and take the best software to the world,” White told the 35 prospective interns from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT) scholarship program.
This highly successful cooperative scholarship program runs in conjunction with private enterprise. It provides students with a living wage throughout their degree and integrated workplace learning opportunities.
“What we need to get across is that, today and even more so in the future, every business relies on software and smart devices: from the tradie in his ute using his iPad to email client invoices, to a global financial corporation.
“Whether a young student has a dream to save lives or simply entertain, they need to know they can achieve their goals via an exciting technology-based career – there are medical systems to invent and games to design,” White said.
“By opening our doors to young Australians we can give them a wonderful on-ramp into one of the most stable, interesting and rewarding careers in the new digital economy.”
Partnerships for an ICT future
Despite small beginnings, WiseTech and its founder, Richard White, have backed these words with actions and investment. WiseTech’s rapid growth over the last 14 years has allowed the company to continually expand its commitment to develop and promote Australia’s ICT potential. WiseTech is now one of the largest sponsors of several industry engagement programs, including the UTS BIT course.
“The interns come to our business with infectious energy and prodigious intelligence. They complete their time with us having brought theoretical knowledge to real world applications and having gained vital business experience and professional skills. And it doesn’t end there. We have the opportunity to offer them employment; and continue to mentor them and many of their peers into their careers and entrepreneurial efforts,” White said.
Richard White is a vociferous supporter of the ACS Foundation’s Big Day In, which WiseTech also sponsors. This year 4,600 students have registered to attend events in Sydney, Bathurst, Perth, Wollongong, Melbourne, Parramatta, Brisbane, Adelaide, Geelong and Newcastle.
As the Platinum Sponsor of the University of Sydney’s inspirational National Computer Science School and the NCSS challenge, WiseTech continues its involvement in this program to capture the imaginations of 6,000 of the brightest high school students from across Australia and New Zealand.
White also recognises the potential for encouraging adults to use their IT skills to grow global IT businesses from Sydney which he promotes via the WiseTechnical Forum (or “WTF”) events.
The driver behind WiseTech’s sponsorship of the schools events is to spread the word, particularly to teachers and parents, that careers in ICT have the potential to offer young Australians a lifetime career; a world of opportunity.
Because the sector is changing so rapidly it’s understandably impossible for the school curriculum to keep up with developments – either in technology or career opportunities. It is these types of events, offered by industry in conjunction with Australia’s leading tertiary institutions that are so vital in revealing the endless possibilities.
About WiseTech Global
WiseTech Global is an innovative, multi-award winning global developer of cloud-based software solutions for the international and domestic logistics industries.
Its leading product, CargoWise One, provides the most sophisticated and comprehensive end-to-end logistics solution in the world and forms an integral link in the global supply chain.
From single-office businesses to large multinational companies, including many of the top 100 logistics organisations worldwide, WiseTech’s clients hold more than 100,000 licenses across 5,000 sites in 105 countries.
WiseTech Global was founded in 1994 in Sydney, Australia, with a mission to lead the international logistics industry in technology innovation. The company now employs over 330 staff worldwide with regional headquarters in the US, UK, Singapore, China and Australia.
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