Thursday, June 7th, 2012
National ICT Careers Week – under the theme ICT: Start Here, Go Anywhere – will be held from 23 to 29 July 2012.

Penny Coulter, Chair of the Careers Week Steering Committee said, “The Week aims to excite young people, their parents and teachers about what Information and Communications Technology (ICT) study has to offer. It will also highlight the diverse and rewarding range of ICT careers available, across Australia and the world, in almost every industry.”

Senator the Hon. Stephen Conroy officially launched National ICT Careers Week. “Investing in ICT’s future leaders is crucial to the prosperity of our nation through the development of the emerging digital economy. By collaborating with industry heads and corporations, young ICT students and professionals can gain the best insight and knowledge of the industry,” he said.

The Australian Computer Society’s Chief Executive Officer Alan Patterson agreed saying, “National ICT Careers Week aims to ensure that Australia continues to produce a highly-skilled workforce with the capacity to sustain and grow the $100bn digital economy with local expertise and innovation. ICT is one of the fastest growing industries in Australia and ICT professionals are in demand across all sectors of the economy. Forecasts suggest an additional 35,000 ICT jobs will be in demand by the end of 2013. ICT Careers Week is a great platform for all levels of government and industry to work together to change current community perceptions surrounding the ICT profession.”

John Ridge AM, Executive Director of the ACS Foundation, said, “The ACS Foundation promotes careers in ICT to secondary school students, and sends career information to the students and their influencers. It also assists university students with their transition from their studies into the industry by giving them valuable relevant industry experience. It is more about trying to address some of the systemic obstacles faced by students who are passionate about ICT and technology, rather than artificially turning students onto a career in ICT.”

In New South Wales, education institutions, government agencies, companies and women’s groups will host events that promote the benefits of post-school ICT studies and an ICT profession for NSW students. Examples of some of these events include the ACS Foundation Student conference held at UTS in May, the Central Coast Careers event on June 26that Avondale College which 3,000 secondary school students will attend, and the annual ICT careers week event that will be held at the University of Wollongong.

The Hon Andrew Stoner MP, NSW MP Deputy Premier, Minister for Trade and Investment, and Minister for Regional Infrastructure and Services, said, “The NSW Government supports initiatives such as National ICT Careers Week which encourage young people to enter into a career in ICT - one of Australia’s fastest growing industries. The recently released NSW ICT Strategy highlights the need to foster a workforce with sufficient technology skills, delivering vital digital services to sustain and grow the NSW economy,” said Minister Stoner.

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