​NEC creates 130 new tech jobs with Wollongong office opening

Solutions and services provider establishes new base as part of $25 million regional investment plan.
University of Wollongong campus

University of Wollongong campus

Solutions and services provider, NEC Australia, has opened a new corporate office in Wollongong, creating more than 130 new technology jobs in regional Australia in the process.

Based at the University of Wollongong’s (UOW) Innovation Campus, the new office is part of a $25 million investment in the region that will support major customers of NEC across the country.

“The Wollongong University Innovation Campus is truly cutting edge and it’s fantastic to see NEC Australia launching their new operations here,” NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events, Stuart Ayres, said.

“More than 130 smart jobs in ICT for regional NSW - a great win for Wollongong and a demonstration of how investment is crucial to drive job growth for our State.”

Located at the heart of UOW’s 33-hectare Innovation Campus precinct, the corporate office is designed to allow the company to deepen its investments across key verticals such as health, communications, biometrics, security, and smart city infrastructure.

“NEC Australia has made significant investments in growing our service capabilities in regional Australia,” NEC Australia COO, Mike Barber, said.

“We’re committed not just to driving jobs growth in regional Australia but also providing the resources to help our customers serve their communities.

“We’re a truly national service provider, delivering critical support to help our enterprise customers support their end-users and clients across Australia, from regional Victoria to the furthest outposts in the Northern Territory.”

Barber said the partnership with the UOW includes NEC Australia’s 2017 Graduate Program, which offers graduates an opportunity to kickstart a career alongside some of Australia’s top technology executives in Australia.

According to Barber, this program is also open to graduates in Adelaide, Darwin, and Melbourne.

"The addition of a leading technology firm not only provides jobs for the region, it will create opportunities for our graduates and further reason to study at UOW,” UOW acting vice-chancellor professor, Judy Raper, added.

“We’re particularly excited at the possibility for graduates in information and communications technology to be able to work with a global leader right here in Wollongong as well as collaborating with NEC in a range of ICT research areas, in particular in cyber security.

“The partnership with NEC demonstrates the value of clusters of innovation, where education, incubation of new ideas and world-leading a research create a setting where new and existing enterprises can flourish and find the edge to succeed.”