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Java skills course starts in Adelaide

Adelaide is home to Australia's own global training program to deliver graduates with much sought-after Java skills.

The Adelaide Institute of TAFE (AIT) has launched the Carnegie Technology Education certificate in computer programming and software systems development, which is accredited by Carnegie Mellon University in the US.

The Internet is a key component delivery of the course, which aims to address the shortfall in local Java programming skills.

South Australian Internet hosting company Hostworks has welcomed the training program, claiming there is a real shortage in Australia of people able to solve business problems with Java.

Hostworks CEO Marty Gauvin said the course trains people to think creatively in this area rather than churning out narrow Java specialists.

"It is US-recognised and the graduates will be able to feed this skill into local industry," he said.

Compaq's practice principal for Himalaya applications support, Luke Gooley, agreed that Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB) trained professionals are hard to come by and world-class graduates are required to support customers.

Gooley heads up a team of 40, including 15 Java programmers, dedicated to Compaq's Himalaya platform, which uses Java's open standards.

The South Australian Government is also providing three-year scholarships for the course.