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Microsoft Traineeship Program

Microsoft Australia is very proud of the newly created Microsoft Traineeship Program, which aims to create 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.

Program Highlights

Over 7000

Submitted in just 6 months of the program launch

40 host partner companies

Employing 80+ trainees

Currently operating in NSW, the ACT, SA, VIC

After a successful pilot in Sydney and Canberra

Program Locations

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Launched pilot in February 2019. Currently running two cohorts, supporting 40+ trainees. Apply now to participate in third cohort in early 2020.

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Launched pilot in February 2019 - currently supporting 6 trainees. Apply now to participate in second cohort in early 2020.

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Commenced first cohort of 15 trainees in September 2019. Apply now to participate in second cohort in early 2020.

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Commenced first cohort of trainees in October 2019. Apply now to participate in second cohort in early 2020.


What You’ll Get By Participating

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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
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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 learn more.

Download Candidate guide

See What Others Are Saying

Hear what trainees and host partners are saying about the program

Program Partners

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