Australian higher education students are among those set to benefit from Huawei Australia’s $30 million investment in a national training and development centre.
Huawei’s Australian National Training and Development Centre in Sydney will train about 2000 people a year in the latest technologies, including at least 100 Australian university and vocational education ICT students - as well as Huawei staff and customers currently sent overseas for training.
In addition, state of the art technology will be used within the centre’s labs to test new applications and innovations and undertake R&D locally.
Huawei Australia chairman, John Lord AM, said the $30 million investment and today’s undertaking to fund free training for Australia’s best and brightest ICT students demonstrated Huawei’s commitment to Australia’s ICT future.
Federal Assistant Minister for Education and Training Senator, Simon Birmingham, joined Lord for a tour of the Australian National Training and Development Centre, which will officially open in the next couple of months.
Senator Birmingham said: “Huawei's $30 million investment in the centre will enable Australians to become skilled in the use of the latest technology, including students undertaking placements as part of Huawei’s Seeds for the Future initiative, which offers work experience to students from around the world.
"Huawei is a global leader in cutting edge technology and has a commitment to up skilling its current and future workforce, as well as the workforce of its clients.”
The new Centre will leverage off Huawei’s global knowledge base, that includes 16 R&D centres and 28 Joint Innovation Centres across the world. Huawei employs about 76,000 R&D experts, or about 45 per cent of our total workforce. Last year, Huawei invested $US6.6 billion (14 per cent of revenue) in R&D.”