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ICT skills projects for Tasmania.



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ICT skills projects for Tasmania

The Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, Senator Richard Alston, today welcomed the announcement of $1 million funding for information and communications technology (ICT) skills enhancement projects under the Intelligent Island program.

To date, the Intelligent Island's Skills Development Initiative has provided more than $1.5 million to increase Tasmania's ICT skills base.

Online technologies are driving economic growth and social change throughout the world. The development of ICT skills continues to be very important for Australia, as a vibrant ICT sector needs a solid foundation of skilled workers. Similarly, to be innovative ICT users, Australia needs people with appropriate skills in our technology intensive customer industries.

The $40 million Intelligent Island Program, funded through the partial sale of Telstra, is a component of the Commonwealth Government's Building on IT Strengths initiative. The aim of the program is to further develop an internationally competitive ICT sector within Tasmania by funding a range of new projects and building on existing ICT industry, Commonwealth and Tasmanian Government initiatives and the research capacity of Tasmania's education sector.

The four ICT skills projects will tackle areas including:

the provision of structured training for ICT businesses on entrepreneurship and commercialisation; ●

development of an ICT Training Consortium to identify specific training needs within Tasmania, and facilitate the provision of high level training in areas where gaps exist; and

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better matching between ICT skill resources in regions, and small and medium companies requiring those skills. ●

These projects will give Tasmanian businesses new or enhanced ICT skills needed to grow and flourish in the future.

Further information on the projects is available online at www.intelligentadvantage.net.au.

Media contact: David Quilty 02 6277 7480 or 0419 421 803 Website: www.richardalston.dcita.gov.au

 

211/02 23 September 2002