Technology and services provider, NEC Australia, has extended its partnership with the Northern Territory Government to support the Department of Education’s IT and communications systems.
The $34.6 million five-year contract, will see NEC deliver a wide-range of IT and communications services, and it will be the primary ICT enabler for the department’s service desk and infrastructure.
The deal also involves the delivery of technology architecture and integration services, projects, service desk and technology management tools, on-site support, and IP telephony and communication systems management.
NEC will be cooperating with local business, Vertical Technology Group to create a strong team for the Northern Territory Government.
It has also launched an IT Apprenticeship Hub. The new five-year education and training initiative aims to help young and indigenous students in the Territory establish a career in the technology sector.
Beginning in 2014, the12-month program seeks to produce a minimum of 50 ‘work ready’ apprentices during the next five years.
Prior to its launch, NEC will select 10 candidates for the NT Student Based Apprenticeship and Traineeship (SBAT) program. These students will be registered with Australian Apprenticeships NT, and will then join a 12-month structured training and education program. It will combine technical skills development at NEC’s Darwin Service Delivery Centre and a higher formal education qualification in the form of a Certificate II, III or IV in IT at Charles Darwin University.
“IT Apprenticeship Hub leverages our role as a major supplier of IT services to the Northern Territory Government to deliver value back to the communities we operate in. The program is designed not only to deliver direct benefits to participating students, but also to develop a training framework and workplace culture that ensures NEC Australia staff can impart knowledge to apprentices effectively,” NEC Australia managing director, Alan Hyde, said.
Upon completion, apprentices may be offered continued placement as a school-based apprentice, a full time traineeship, a full time position at NEC Australia or become available for other Northern Territory IT businesses to employ.
It comes on the back of NEC Australia’s school-based apprenticeship and Indigenous traineeship program, which has operated in partnership with the Northern Territory’s Structured Work Placement program, since 2007.