Training the IT workforce of the future

HCL Technologies

Tuesday, 29 March, 2022

Training the IT workforce of the future

HCL Technologies’ TechBee early career program is being delivered online to Australian students.

The aim of the program is to train thousands of secondary students and Australian school leavers in multiple areas, including cybersecurity, coding, data analytics and AI.

According to the Hays Salary Guide Report FY21/22, which is based on survey results of nearly 3500 organisations, 68% of the local technology industry is suffering from skills shortages. The report also states that 64% of employers believe the tech skills shortage will impact the effectiveness of their organisation or department over the next 12 months.

Addressing the IT skills gap in Australia, the TechBee program is an investment to train the Australian workforce, from the ground up, to do work that will meet the needs of Australia’s digital and infrastructure agenda. It is offered in Australia, New Zealand, India, the USA, Sri Lanka and Vietnam, with over 3000 students already having completed the program globally.

Those who express interest in the program, and meet the eligibility criteria, partake in foundation training with industry leaders. Following successful completion of the foundation training, including a ‘learnability’ assessment, students begin an internship that involves stream-specific skilling. This includes access to many different technology areas, whilst gaining on-the-job exposure to HCL Technologies customers and real-life — not textbook — technology problems and solutions. Successful completion of the internship leads to a job, and ultimately a career, with HCL Technologies.

“The TechBee program offers students global opportunities, training by industry leaders and opens the path for exciting jobs of the future, exposure to global customers and technology problems,” said Michael Horton, Executive Vice President and Country Head ANZ, HCL Technologies.

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