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Nortel And TAFE NSW Collaborate To Raise The Bar On Student Accreditation

  • 21 January, 2008 11:01

<p>SYDNEY, Australia – TAFE (Technical and Further Education) New South Wales, the largest vocational education and training provider in Australia, now offers Nortel's* [NYSE/TSX: NT] Technology Solutions Academy courseware as part of its 2008 curriculum.</p>
<p>The agreement will give hundreds of students in nine TAFE NSW Institutes across the state and in the Sydney metropolitan area direct access to the most current industry-relevant training materials from Nortel, and allow students to work directly with the latest Nortel equipment. On completion of an accredited course, students will be able to sit an exam for Nortel Professional certification.</p>
<p>The courseware was developed by TAFE NSW in conjunction with Nortel in Australia to address the high demand for local technical skills in the ICT and telecommunications industries.</p>
<p>“Our main challenge at TAFE is to meet the skills requirement of industry, and at this particular time in Australia we’re faced with incredible demand for technology and telecommunications skills,” says Susan Hartigan, relieving general manager, Business, TAFE NSW.</p>
<p>“We work with a number of different companies across various industries to find the right mix of real-world hands-on training to develop essential knowledge and skills, with the focus very much on gaining experience with current technologies,” says Hartigan. “By adding Nortel technology training solutions to our teaching and learning resources, TAFE NSW will not only become more attractive to prospective students, but will also provide our current students with a competitive advantage in the workforce.”</p>
<p>“TAFE plays an important role in shaping the future of our industry, with a large number of students – including postgraduate students from traditional universities – taking TAFE courses to prepare themselves for employment,” says Mark Stevens, managing director, Australia and New Zealand, Nortel.</p>
<p>“Nortel has for many years supported tertiary education in Australia, directly and indirectly, and we have a well-developed apprentice program that takes on graduate students from different institutions in various capacities in our own organisation,” says Stevens. “This agreement with TAFE NSW is another major milestone for us, especially at a time where graduates are faced with managing the unprecedented growth in corporate networks and the onset of new communication and transmission technologies like unified communications, WiMAX and Metro Ethernet networks.”</p>
<p>Through the Nortel Technology Solutions Academy, Nortel provides educational institutions with learning solutions that educate and certify students in technologies that are shaping the future of business communications. The initial course offering will be Voice over IP (VoIP) – a foundational building block of next-generation networks and a key to preparing students for IT-related jobs. The program offers three key components – courseware, labs and certification – which, when combined, offer students a relevant and rich learning experience.</p>
<p>Earlier this year, Nortel signed an agreement with Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM), the longest continuously operating business school in New South Wales, to drive joint training and marketing activities for wireless network technology in Australia over the next three years. Nortel has also worked on recent technology projects with the University of Western Sydney in New South Wales and James Cook University in Queensland.</p>
<p>About Nortel</p>
<p>Nortel is a recognized leader in delivering communications capabilities that make the promise of Business Made Simple a reality for our customers. Our next-generation technologies, for both service provider and enterprise networks, support multimedia and business-critical applications. Nortel’s technologies are designed to help eliminate today's barriers to efficiency, speed and performance by simplifying networks and connecting people to the information they need, when they need it. Nortel does business in more than 150 countries around the world. For more information, visit Nortel on the Web at www.nortel.com. For the latest Nortel news, visit www.nortel.com/news.</p>
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<p>*Nortel, the Nortel logo and the Globemark are trademarks of Nortel Networks.</p>

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