WESTERN Australian ICT organisations, in conjunction with the State Government, are planning a joint study into the needs of ICT employers with regards to graduates and employee training.
A joint initiative of local branches of the Australian Computer Society (ACS), the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA (CCIWA), the Department of Education and the Department of Industry and Resources, the study is expected to be completed mid year.
ACS WA branch chairman Bob Cross said the study would need to be qualitative as well as quantitative and would assist the industry to “form an opinion and some recommendations on what universities, employees and the students themselves should be doing”.
“It’s in the best interests of the State if we’re matching up graduates with what industry wants,” Mr Cross said.
A study by the Chamber of Minerals and Energy into education and training for the mining industry was currently being assessed and could be used as a template, Mr Cross said.