27 May 2008

New scheme to get more international students into Australian IT industry

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A new scheme has been launched by an industry body to get more international students to become Australian visa holders. The programme, launched by the Australian Computer Society (ACS) and called Professional Year (PYear), will help ICT graduates to find work in the country's industry and obtain an Australian visa, reports IT News.

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship originally approached the society to encourage use of international students to plug the skills gap in the industry. The government had noticed that despite a shortage in the sector, international students were not able to gain employment after finishing their studies and so could not get an Australian visa.

Bob Hart, manager of professional standards and development for ACS, told the website: "One of the issues we'd noticed is their inability to fit into the Australian business culture and to speak the business language." The PYear programme aims to serve as a bridge between university life and the working world.

The course may add 10 points to an applicant for Australian immigration's points test. It was also recently reported that the IT industry were looking to target younger people for entry level positions.

Australia needs skilled workers: Anyone applying for an Australian visa should begin by completing the Australian Visa Bureau's online Australian visa application to see if they meet the Australian visa requirements.

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