Personnel firm Drake International is taking a proactive stance to the problem of IT skills shortages with a financial assistance and job placement program for those studying Microsoft's Certified Systems Engineer course (MCSE).
The 26 day, $8000 training is becoming increasingly popular according to Nick Antonopoulos, general manager of Drakes computing training division, who quotes industry statistics as recording a 40 per cent increase in demand for MCSE.
Drake assures potential recipients of its ongoing support by providing them with assistance in finding a job placement and the option to join Drake's pool of qualified contractors.
Candidates also have a three month grace period before they have to begin payment, which they can take up to four years to complete. According to Antonopoulos this is an attempt to "attract graduates fresh from university" who will "become employed during this period (three months)- given the demand for this calibre of people."
Antonopoulos asserts that it is time for the private sector to take some of the responsibility for initiating a solution to the IT skills shortage. "Historically industry has relied on the government and higher education to develop the necessary strategies to meet industry training requirements. However given the timeframes now demanded by the IT industry this is no longer possible and it is up to us to meet the challenge."