With the IT skills shortage running on the edge of desperation, Com Tech is giving away eight IT scholarships to year 12 students in ACT worth a total of $88,000.
The scholarships focus on the highly sought after MCP and A+ certification and are run in conjunction with the ACT Education as part of Com Tech's NetWORK program.
This is the second year the scholarship program has been running, with all eight graduates from last year already placed in IT jobs.
A civic-minded Steve Ross, general manager of Com Tech Education Services, said it was important for the industry to invest in Australia's IT future. "We are very proud to be giving these young Australians a chance to break into one of the world's fastest and most dynamic industries," he said.
ACT education minister Bill Stefaniak has also given the program his blessing, adding that it is high time affirmative action was taken to combat the hole in the Australian workforce.
According to the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) the current 30,000 IT vacancies in Australia will blow out to 180,000 by 2004.