Microsoft invests in its future customers

ACT teachers last week joined a Microsoft-led initiative to address Australia's continuing IT skills shortage.

ACT chief minister Kate Carnell announced that Microsoft has committed itself to spending $300,000 to train teachers at all levels of the ACT education system.

The initiative is part of a three-year, $6.5 million Authorised Academic Training Provider (AATP) program from Microsoft.

According to Geoff Harris, spokesperson for the chief minister's office, teachers nominated by educational institutions will each receive an estimated $8100 worth of training, which they will then pass on to their students. That would appear to mean that about 37 teacher-students will be involved in the scheme.

The instruction will focus on Windows NT, Outlook Express, the Microsoft Office Suite and related products, Harris said.

AAPT literature states that it delivers "industry accredited technical training", though enquiries reveal that the accreditation is Microsoft's own.

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