TAFE Western Sydney Institute courses offer vibrant career

A TAFE Western Sydney Institute initiative is set to show students and employers the diversity of qualifications and careers available in the information technology sector.

TAFE information technology and creative industries education director Cecelia Cilesio said the new ICT acadeMY would act as a shopfront to showcase the many ICT (information communication technology) courses available through the Western Sydney Institute.

The web portal will be launched tonight at Baulkham Hills TAFE.

Ms Cilesio said diploma, advanced diploma and graduate certificates offered in areas such as web design and software development would allow people in or entering the industry to upskill, and relieve shortages identified by a recent Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency report.

"There is a skill shortage in IT but people don't seem to see it as a viable and vibrant career path," she said.

"Information technology is not just for people who want to work for Google or Microsoft, it's the cornerstone of so many things we do in so many industries."

Henry Deng, 19, abandoned an arts degree to enrol in an information technology qualification at The Hills College TAFE.

He is one of two students who will spend 10 days in Vanuatu in April to install low-powered computers for school pupils on the island of Espiritu Santo.

They will also install a network extender so the students can access the government of Vanuatu's internet for the project, sponsored by North Rocks' Rotary club.

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