The NSW Government is providing funding opportunities for students seeking a career in Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
The government will offer industry specific scholarships to help meet the demand of an expected 600,000 jobs by 2020.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Skills and Small Business, John Barilaro, told a gathering of 850 senior high and university students at the annual Big Day In ICT Careers Expo in Sydney earlier this week that the future is bright for technology professionals in NSW.
“The demand for ICT skills will continue to grow with the value of digital technologies to our national economy expected to balloon to $139 billion over the next three years” Mr Barilaro said.
“In NSW, the Government subsidises many Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, including a wide range of IT qualifications, making them cheaper and easier for students to access.”
The NSW Government subsidises from 69 per cent to 90 per cent of course costs for selected higher-level qualifications, up to Advanced Diploma level, including areas such as nursing and health care, engineering, and information and communications technology.
Leaders in ICT research
For students taking up their first qualification in courses such as a Diploma of Engineering – Advanced Trade, valued at $13,740, students will only pay $3780 with the NSW Government paying the remainder.
Mr Barilaro said the NSW Government has committed $25 million to scholarships as part of the Jobs of Tomorrow program.
“We are leaders in ICT research capabilities and home to multinational companies like Microsoft, Apple, Google and IBM, employing 34,000 software and applications programming jobs, 21,000 graphic and web designers and illustrators, and 13,000 database and systems administrators.”
For more information on Jobs of Tomorrow Scholarships, go to: https://smartandskilled.nsw.gov.au/for-students/scholarships/jobs-of-tomorrow-scholarships