SENATOR Kim Carr, Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research today described the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry as central to the development of a knowledge economy in Australia.
Welcoming the start of the inaugural National ICT Careers Week in all States and Territories this week, Senator Carr said the power of the ICT sector was transforming the way knowledge was shared in Australia, at an individual and corporate level.
“ICT is transforming existing industries and making them more efficient. It is making it possible to create flexible working relationships, networked organisations, virtual organisations, and new business models,” Senator Carr said.
“In fact, it is even forming the basis for whole new industries.
“At an individual level, it empowers consumers and citizens by giving them more diverse sources of information and knowledge than ever before.
“What we must do, collectively, is ensure greater numbers of talented young people enter this sector in the years to come to help push out the boundaries of innovation in this country.
“The Rudd Government recently announced a 4 year $15 million ICT apprenticeship programme – which will deliver up to 60 jobs for young people within Government agencies.
“I applaud the initiative of the Australian Information Industry Association and the Australian Computer Society working with many organisations to showcase the multitude of career possibilities and pathways.
“I hope the initiative continues to build each year and that a new generation of bright young Australian innovators will be attracted to rewarding careers in the ICT sector,” Senator Carr said.
For full details of participating organisations and their proposed activities see the National ICT Careers Week website at: www.aiia.com.au/pages/nationalictcareersweek.aspx