South Australian trucker, David Riley, had his livelihood taken away from him two years ago when a near fatal accident left him trapped in his cab. But now he will attempt to get back into the industry he loves through an IT Kick Start Scholarship.
He was one of 60 people to apply for the scheme, which was open to all South Australian residents.
Five winners will complete 15 days of training in networking, operating systems and hardware support during the next three months.
“The injuries I suffered in the accident have prevented me from sitting down for extended periods and ruled me out of driving a truck,” Riley said. “But IT is becoming a major part of trucking and I’m hoping to use this training to get back into the industry.”
The IT Kick Start program is a joint effort between EDS and Dimension Data.
A spokesperson for Dimension Data said both companies did a lot of work with the South Australian government and viewed the IT Kick Start program as a social responsibility.
It is likely to run again next year.
The other winners were former business owner Michael Nietz, cleaner Kirstin Fawcett, student Frank Verderame and deliveryman Franco Impagnatiello.