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Image: Nick with fellow students at a Microsoft event as part of the Youth IT Careers program

Nick is a recent Youth IT Careers graduate. Read about his experience and what the program meant for him.

"Youth IT Careers has given me a chance unlike any other program that I have come into contact with. It has shown me that I can make something of myself despite not having had the best start in life."

One of the parts of the program that had the biggest impact on me was the guest speakers that came into the classroom to speak to us from Microsoft and other employers- they made me made me realise that anyone can have a career.  

Without the Youth IT Careers program I think I would still be unemployed.  I hadn’t been able to find any work, just a couple of work experience positions in supermarkets stacking shelves. I had no direction. 

Lots of employers might think that it will be difficult or risky taking on someone from a disadvantaged background. You’ve got to show employers that if you come from a disadvantaged background it doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t work – being disadvantaged just means there are things that you’ve lived through or overcome in the past.   

Getting the traineeship with BizData has made every aspect of my life better. It feels good to be doing something. I’ve got a career now. I’ve got a direction. I’m part of society. I’m contributing something.

Find out more about Youth IT Careers.

iSelect, an Australian insurance, utilities and personal finance company, has donated $15 000 to provide 1000 Ask Izzy mobile charge cards to people who are homeless.

Infoxchange is excited to announce a partnership with J.P. Morgan to expand Youth IT Careers. Through their global workforce readiness programs, J.P. Morgan will help Infoxchange support young people in developing their careers.

Last week at the Go Digi National Year of Digital Inclusion Awards, we reflected on the highlights of the year and celebrated the achievements of the individuals and organisations who have helped build digital skills. 

Phone credit and battery power will no longer stand in the way of people who are homeless trying to find help via Ask Izzy, the A to Z of homeless help.

Telstra is now providing free access to Ask Izzy, the mobile website that connects people who are homeless or at risk to over 350 000 services nation-wide.

With the National Year of Digital Inclusion nearly at an end, we're heading to Sydney and Canberra in November for a series of exciting events.

The winners of the 2016 Google Impact Challenge winners were announced in Sydney last week, with five organisations receiving funding for their ideas.

With a new round of Google Impact Challenge winners just announced, our CEO David Spriggs reflects on how our own win for Ask Izzy has helped make a real difference to the lives of people experiencing homelessness.

A new open data platform was announced today that will help track service demand from people who are homeless or at risk, using data from Ask Izzy.

We've been busy bringing the National Year of Digital Inclusion to cities around Australia.

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