By 2024, Australia will face a shortfall of 100,000 workers in the ICT sector. As industry leaders, playing a more direct role in growing and nurturing talent will be one of the ways to solve this problem.
How It Works
The program has been designed to combine education and on-the-job experience that will set students up to embark upon a budding IT career. Upon successful completion of the program, trainees will receive a Certificate IV in Information Technology and some of the latest cloud computing Microsoft certifications, delivered by Prodigy Learning. The trainees are employed by leading group training provider, MEGT, who will recruit, screen, employ and support the trainee for the duration of the program, minimising the complexities and risks and allowing you to spend more time developing and nurturing your trainee’s talents.
50+ host partner companies
Launched pilot in February 2019 in partnership with TAFE NSW. Currently running three cohorts, supporting 50 trainees.
Launched pilot in February 2019 in partnership with Canberra Institute of Technology. Currently supporting 10+ trainees.
Commenced first cohort of 15 trainees in September 2019 and second cohort of 12 trainees in April 2020 – in collaboration with TAFE SA.
Commenced first cohort of 20 trainees in October 2019 in partnership with RMIT University.
Host Partner Benefits
Microsoft invites all customers and partners to sign up to the program and host a trainee. As a host partner, you’ll get:
- Direct access to a new and emerging group of passionate candidates
- Opportunities to grow a diverse, talented team from the ground up, aligned with your business needs
- Support from MEGT, a non-profit organisation that specialises in supporting traineeships
- Continued partnership with Microsoft and the ability to increase the pool of Microsoft Certified Professionals in your business
If you’re ready to kick-start your career in IT, the Microsoft Traineeship Program is a great way to get ahead and earn while you learn. You’ll get:
- Paid, on-the-job experience
- Nationally accredited qualification within IT
- Globally-recognised Microsoft certifications
- Support and mentoring along the way
Steven Wong | KPMG’s Director/Solutions Architect
Emily Smith | Trainee at Winc Australia
Video 1: Alec & Taha, Trainees
Video 2: Isabella, Trainee
Video 3: Jenny & Grace, Trainee Mentors
Video 4: Nicole, Host Partner
Video 5: Roxanne, Trainee
Video 6: Alicia, Trainee
Video 7: Paul, Host Partner
Video 8: Kelly, Host Partner
Video 9: Tanya, Trainee
Diversity delivers an app for the people, by the people
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella visited Australia and met with our five trainees to learn more about the work they’re doing in the program – such as building an app to help the NSW government end street sleeping.Read more
TAFE NSW student finds her it drive
Currently employed as a Technical Services Associate trainee in Azure and Microsoft 365 at SoftwareONE, Isabella Lowe-Flegg is utilising the skills she harnessed at TAFE NSW to really thrive in the industry.Read more
Training the next generation of IT Talent in Victoria
Microsoft Australia Managing Director Steven Worrall and Chief Partner Officer Rachel Bondi officially launched the program in Victoria in October 2019 in partnership with MEGT, RMIT and Prodigy Learning.Read more
Supporting new career pathways in the ACT
The program in Canberra is growing! Hear from the first cohort of trainees and host partners at oobe, Veritec and St. John Paul II College as they share their experience now just under one year into the program.Watch now
From patisserie chef to budding IT professional
Microsoft Trainee, Geoffrey Frost, traded in his baking skills for IT networking by signing up for the Microsoft Traineeship Program. Since joining the program in February 2019, he’s been involved in everything from building apps to supporting the Indigenous community through technology.Read more
South Australia State Government Partners with Microsoft Australia
A new traineeship program by Microsoft Australia in partnership with the South Australia State Government will help create a pipeline of IT talent, and kick-start careers in the technology industryRead more
Microsoft Traineeship Program creates new skills stream of cloud-ready professionals
Mark Leigh, One Commercial Partner Lead, announces the program and shares how it will help many more Australians take their first step into a technology career and in the process help tackle Australia’s digital skills gap.Learn More
Creating a diverse new pipeline of IT talent in Australia
Launched in February 2019 with 38 trainees, the NSW pilot program reached 40% female placements – with a goal to reach 50/50 gender split. Microsoft Australia is committed to programs such as this to create a diverse talent pool for our industry and our partner network.Learn More
Advancing the future of IT Skills in Schools
Keith Vardanega, Business Manager at the College, and Daniel Cuneen, trainee at St John Paul II College, share their experience with the program thus far – and why it is a no-brainer for other schools to tap into this expanding program.Learn More
Video 5. Steven Worrall
Microsoft Australia is tackling the skills shortage
Steven Worrall, GM Microsoft Australia, emphasizes the skills shortage in Australia and how the Microsoft Traineeship Program is positioned to close this gap.