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Microsoft Traineeship Program

Microsoft Australia is very proud of the newly created Microsoft Traineeship Program, which is developing a new, diverse pipeline of exceptional IT talent while also addressing the technical skills shortage in Australia.

For Microsoft partners and customers interested in hosting a trainee, this is an opportunity to get access to new and emerging talent from a diverse pool of candidates.

For aspiring trainees, this program provides an excellent foot-in-the-door to an exciting and rewarding career in IT.

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.
Steven Worrall | Microsoft Australia Managing Director

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.

Program Highlights


50+ host partner companies


Program Locations

Expanding nationally in 2020.

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Launched pilot in February 2019 in partnership with TAFE NSW. Currently running three cohorts, supporting 50 trainees.

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Launched pilot in February 2019 in partnership with Canberra Institute of Technology. Currently supporting 10+ trainees.

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Commenced first cohort of 15 trainees in September 2019 and second cohort of 12 trainees in April 2020 – in collaboration with TAFE SA.

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Commenced first cohort of 20 trainees in October 2019 in partnership with RMIT University.

What You’ll Get By Participating

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

Email us to become a host partner

Trainee Benefits

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
Visit the MEGT website to apply.

Download Candidate guide

See What Others Are Saying

Hear what trainees and host partners are saying about the program

Program Partners

Recent Updates


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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.