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TasTAFE and the Australian Computer Society (ACS) have collaborated on a new pilot program to encourage more women in into Tasmania’s growing ICT industry.

The Women in ICT Pathways Program is a 24-month pilot program supporting 36 students with training, mentoring and work placement. It was launched today by Minister for Science and Technology, Michael Ferguson.

The students will undertake a Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology course, and will be connected with a mentor and run through a professional development program. The program also aims to remove barriers to participation and strengthen the pathways between education and employment.

This pilot program is designed to promote life-long learning, strengthen linkages between the education and ICT sector and develop an evidence base to inform the sustainable delivery of future programs.

ACS Tasmania Chair, Professor Paulo de Souza, said ACS is proud to partner with TasTAFE, the Tasmanian Government and the broader tech community in Tasmania.

“Participation rates of women can be lifted in Tasmania by attracting and retaining women into the tech profession through the establishment of a pathway program that strengthens linkages between education and employment in the local industry and showcases the breadth of ICT roles,” Mr de Souza said.

TasTAFE CEO, Jenny Dodd, said TasTAFE was proud to partner with ACS to offer training to encourage more women to enter Tasmania’s growing tech industry.

“At TasTAFE, our priority is to meet the needs of industry and the wider economy and help Tasmanians gain the skills they need for a fulfilling career,” said Ms Dodd.

“The Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology has been specifically designed to suit a range of women from school leavers to mothers or carers looking to return to the workforce, or women looking for a career change.

“The program will give women the opportunity to learn a range of practical ICT skills through working with our industry-trained teachers as well as mentoring, workplace visits and industry guest speakers,” Ms Dodd said.

The course will begin on 30 April. Women interested in participating can find out more information about the program here.

People interested in acting as a mentor or providing a work placement for a student can register here.

The program is supported by the Tasmanian Department of State Growth.

ACS and TasTAFE launch Women in ICT Pathways Program