Chance to earn money and gain experience in ICT

A PARTNERSHIP between TasTAFE, TasICT and the state government will see 25 school-based apprenticeships offered across the state for students in grades 10 to12.

A joint information and communications technology careers day was held yesterday at TasTAFE's Launceston and Hobart campuses to inform students about new work experience options.

The partnership will enable students either studying at school or TasTAFE to gain hands- on experience in the ICT industry while completing their studies.

TasTAFE Vocational Education and Training general manager Maree Gerke said the Australian School-Based Apprenticeships allowed students to earn a wage while completing their Tasmanian Certificate of Education.

"There are many talented young people looking for careers in ICT, but it can be difficult to convince employers to take them on when they have limited work experience," Ms Gerke said.

"Most employers in ICT want experience, and this partnership aims to ensure that students get practical work as well as qualifications.

"This ensures they have the broad work and education skills required to lead productive and fulfilling lives."

She said the move would also benefit the ICT industry by offering a pool of skilled young Tasmanians as potential employees.