Increasing Indigenous Australian representation in tech

Monday, 06 December, 2021

Increasing Indigenous Australian representation in tech

Revolent Group has announced a collaboration with Salesforce, AIME and PwC’s Indigenous Consulting that aims to increase representation of Indigenous Australians in the technology industry.

The Indigenous Tech Academy will provide 16 young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders with access to Revolent’s careers development program, training them to become Salesforce professionals over a one-year learning and development journey. During this time, they will work with Salesforce, AIME and PwC’s Indigenous Consulting as part of its team, helping its clients and providing students with demonstrable real-world experience working on Salesforce projects to kickstart their careers.

“There’s no doubt that the opportunities a career in the Salesforce ecosystem provides can be quite literally life-changing but we need to make sure this is an opportunity that is accessible to all,” said Nabila Salem, President of Revolent Group.

“Through The Indigenous Training Academy, we will provide a fully supported career journey to allow Indigenous people all across Australia to start their career in Salesforce and reap the benefits this brings.

“Making opportunities in tech accessible to everyone is a huge part of our mission,” said Revolent Chairman and CEO James Lloyd-Townshend. “We hope this collaboration inspires other cloud training providers and businesses to work together to deliver meaningful change for underrepresented communities that need it the most.

“It’s been a genuine pleasure watching this program develop from an idea into a tangible initiative that will help young people gain in-demand skills, get work experience with some fantastic organisations and seize the opportunity to develop a rewarding and lucrative career in the cloud,” Salem said.

The Indigenous Tech Academy is exclusively designed for young adults from an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background who are looking to start their careers in the Salesforce ecosystem. No previous industry experience or degree is needed, and high school students are encouraged to apply. The program is completely free of charge to take part in, with successful applicants paid throughout their training and placement. The Academy will welcome its first cohort of students in January 2022.

More information and registration is available here.

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