Youth IT Careers
Creating the next generation of IT professionals
What does it involve?
As a Youth IT Careers business partner, you can become involved in a number of ways:
- Employment: Provide employment and a supportive work environment to a trainee for six to 12 months.
- Training: Join us as an industry educator in the pre-employment course as a guest speaker, or through hosting workplace industry tours to give students an introduction to workplace structure.
- Mentoring: Sign yourself or your staff up as an industry mentor to our students.
Trainees complete a pre-employment course including Certificate II in Information, Media and Digital Technologies, Microsoft Academy and foundational skills and then apply for a six to 12-month traineeship with your business.
Employers provide an entry level IT role while students undertake a Certificate III in Information, Media and Digital Technologies.
What do I need to do?
Your business must either be in the IT sector or have an in-house IT department and be located in Melbourne or Sydney.
Companies with an existing mentoring system and a strong interest in corporate social responsibility are well placed for the Youth IT Careers program.
Need more information?
If you want to find out more about how your organisation can get involved in Youth IT Careers, we'd love to hear from you at [email protected]
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Youth IT Careers gives young people, who face significant barriers to employment, their first step towards an IT career. Established with Microsoft, Youth IT Careers provides IT training and employment opportunities.
The pre-employment program includes a Certificate II in Information, Digital Media and Technology and modules from the Microsoft IT Academy.
During the program, students will attend guest lectures from IT industry professionals and have the opportunity to visit businesses to give students a clearer idea of what a career in IT might look like.
Traineeship with an IT company
Once training has been completed students will be ready to apply for a paid traineeship with a Youth IT Careers business partner.
The traineeship is six to 12 months, and is completed along with a Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology.
Who are we looking for?
To be eligible for the Youth IT Careers program, applicants need to be:
- 18 to 25 years old
- involved with a youth support or job services agency
- an Australian or New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
For more information, click below to download the Youth IT Careers brochure.
Video: find out more about Youth IT Careers
In this video, hear how George Sinis, Director at Inspired Printing, met a Youth IT Careers trainee who helped transform his business.
Read the full story: How a Youth IT Careers trainee can enhance your business
Youth IT Careers program dates & locations
Youth IT Careers is currently running in Melbourne and Sydney, with applications open all year round.
Youth IT Careers is currently being delivered through Victoria Polytechnic, Footscray.
All places are fully funded through the Victorian Government’s Back to Work scheme.
Intake Three - July 17 - September 22
Intake Four - October 16 - December 22
Youth IT Careers is currently being delivered through TAFE NSW, Parramatta. All places are fully funded. Download the Sydney program flyer for more information.
Intake One - June 19 - August 25
Apply for our next intake
Prospective students apply here
Refer a young person to the program here