Sunday, June 29, 2008

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I thought I should blog about the new Professional Year Program that is being offered by the Australian Computer Society. This is a fantastic practical job readiness course, and the only one of its nature.

The background is that, the Australian government has introduced some changes to the student visas and also to permanent resident (PR) visa for those who have studied in Australia under student visas. In this new scheme, one way to earn some additional points (10) is to do the Professional Year Program with the organization that’s been selected by the Immigration Department for their respective professional stream. The Australian Computer Society being the professional society for ICT professionals, the minister has gazzetted ACS as the PYear program provider for ICT students.

Apart from the formal importance of it from a visa and industry standard perspective, I am excited about it due to the course content and the objectives. It’s a job readiness program, something that universities have continued to fail to deliver. Shifting from the university to the work force is something that we need to work on as this shift means jumping over a huge gap for the vast majority.

The PYear Program is delivered between a minimum of 44 weeks and a maximum 12 months and includes the following elements;
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ACS engages partnering educational institutes as accredited providers to conduct the program. As of now Monash, Swinburne and Brisbane North Institute of TAFE & Internships Australia have come on board as partners.

The course audience is actually a sub set within the Young IT target group, and some of the skills that we try to facilitate through our programs are similar, because one of our main objectives has been to help graduates in a smooth swift to the industry by helping them out with the key skills required.

The program was launched in Melbourne on May 26th and I had the opportunity to speak at the opening bootcamp. I spoke to them about the important role that ACS could play in their careers as well as how they should practically get involved for the benefit of both their own selves and the industry. The second group starts on the 30th of June, and I have been invited again to speak to them on the opening day. I am looking forward to getting them on board on Young IT activities by making them aware of the great things that we do!

If you would like more information please check here and here.

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Your update on the new PR visas is excellent. Good point about the "shifting from the university to the work force is something that we need to work on as this shift means jumping over a huge gap for the vast majority." This is something that I always have trouble emphasizing to my clients. I will now just refer them to your article if they have any doubts.

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Thanks for the comment Mira, glad to know that its useful. We will do our part in bridging this gap.

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