Microsoft SharePoint Factory promises 150 jobs for Bendigo

e-Centric facility to attract students to LaTrobe and serve as career pathway

Melbourne’s LaTrobe University will take part in a new initiative designed to unite industry and organisations to pave a pathway for paid employment opportunities for IT students.

Over 150 new jobs will be created on the University’s Bendigo campus, with Melbourne based IT consulting firm, e-Centric Innovations, establishing a SharePoint Factory in conjunction with Microsoft Australia and the Victorian Government.

The SharePoint Factory will enable LaTrobe University to attract a higher number of ICT enrolments to the Bendigo campus, according to Minister for Technology, Gordon Rick-Phillips.

“Students enrolled in ICT courses at LaTrobe University will also be able to gain real paid work experience as part of their degree,” Mr Rich-Phillips said.

LaTrobe University vice-chancellor, Professor John Dewar, said the partnership “will provide IT students with a pathway to real employment in a high value area that has a global demand.” This will enable the demand to be met for an Australian future driven by the digital economy.

According to Microsoft Australia managing director, Pip Marlow, SharePoint Factory is an example of government, industry, the education sector and the local community collaborating to create new skills enabling high value services.

Premier Denis Napthine said the SharePoint Factory would “deliver highly skilled jobs to the Bendigo region” while providing valuable learning experiences and career pathways for LaTrobe University students.

“This is an exciting new opportunity for the Bendigo region,” Napthine said. “SharePoint software development skills are in short supply globally so this initiative presents significant long-term advantages for the local economy.”