Datacom is set to build a $22 million IT hub in South Australia in 2017, a project which South Australian Premier, Jay Weatherill, said will create hundreds of new jobs and training opportunities.
The IT hub is set to be built within the TAFE South Australia campus at Tea Tree Gully in Adelaide’s north-eastern suburbs and will be developed within the next six months. The site is being refurbished to accommodate more than 600 full-time equivalent staff.
The South Australian State Government will contribute $5.335 million towards the proposed centre through its Economic Investment Fund.
The Premier’s department said State body, Investment Attraction South Australia, worked with Datacom in developing the expansion.
Weatherill said the government had been aggressively pursuing businesses like Datacom to set up in Adelaide and take advantage of the State’s low cost, low taxation environment.
“Hundreds of skilled IT jobs will be created at the Tea Tree Gully TAFE South Australian site, with training and work opportunities to be delivered side by side,” he added.
“I would like to thank Datacom for choosing to set up these operations in SA [South Australia] and I look forward to coming back to the Tea Tree Gully TAFE SA [South Australia] site to open these operations next year.”
Datacom Group CEO, Jonathan Ladd, said South Australia presented an ideal location to expand the company’s local operations due to a willingness from local partners, TAFE SA [South Australia], Workskil, SYC, University of Adelaide and the South Australian Government to explore innovative business models.
“These new models of delivery strengthen the ties between education and industry, and provide further new opportunities for young Australians to get ahead in technology,” he added.
“Datacom has experienced significant business growth across Australia, and we expect this ongoing commitment to South Australia to help grow the local IT industry. In our last financial year we added 600 jobs across Datacom and we see that kind of growth increasing.
“The jobs we intend to create through this investment will vary from entry level to specialist and management levels, which will require support from local training, education and recruitment organisations.
“Our partnership with TAFE SA will ensure the delivery of an innovative training package which will provide our company with a clear training-to-job pathway for potential new employees, and benefit the state economy as a whole. I’d like to thank the team at Investment Attraction South Australia, who’ve been of great assistance in helping us to evaluate our expansion options in Tea Tree Gully,” he said.