Opening the doors to technology for disadvantaged youth in Australia

Dec 06, 2016

Press Release

Sydney – As part of J.P. Morgan’s commitment to building stronger communities through global workforce readiness programs, the firm is supporting not-for-profit organisation Infoxchange to provide disadvantaged youth with the skills and training they need to enter careers in technology.

J.P. Morgan’s support will help Infoxchange scale its Youth IT Careers program, allowing the organisation to expand its reach into NSW, more than doubling the size of its current beneficiary group in Victoria. The Youth IT Careers program participants will complete pre-employment training and a traineeship with the objective of attaining full-time employment.

Rob Priestley, Chief Executive Officer, J.P. Morgan, Australia and New Zealand, said “By partnering with industry to open the doors to technology fields for disadvantaged youth, this program provides a unique opportunity to tackle the chronic youth unemployment this country faces, while addressing the shortage of information technology (IT) talent. Through this program, we hope to spark the interest in technology in youth who are otherwise at risk of facing long-term unemployment.”

“As Australia transitions into an innovation-driven economy, Infoxchange is well-positioned to create positive social change within the communities the participants are from, while equipping them with the skills necessary for the careers of the future,” he said.

David Spriggs, Chief Executive Officer, Infoxchange, said “Youth unemployment is a prevalent problem in Australia reaching as high as 22.4% in some communities. J.P. Morgan’s support will allow us to scale our Youth IT Careers program, increasing the number of disadvantaged youth obtaining technology training and employment. 

“During the program participants will complete 9 weeks of pre-employment training covering building applications, network administration, support desk, web technology, multimedia and general skills relevant to businesses in the IT sector, and then continue in-class instruction once placed into a traineeship role facilitating a deeper understanding and contextual on-the-job training,” he said.

Encouraging youth into science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers is a priority for the country following the Federal Government’s national commitment to innovation for jobs and growth.

This partnership announcement is in addition to the ongoing support the firm provides the Australian Business and Community Network’s (ABCN) STEM-focused InRoads program.  Since 2015, J.P. Morgan has supported ABCN and helped to deliver a number of work placement and workshop opportunities for disadvantaged youth.

Find out more about Youth IT Careers www.infoxchange.org/youthit


About Infoxchange

Infoxchange is a not-for-profit social enterprise that has delivered technology for social justice for over 25 years. With over 100 staff across Australia and New Zealand, Infoxchange tackles the biggest social challenges through the smart and creative use of technology. Infoxchange’s community programs focus on digital inclusion, using technology to improve the lives of vulnerable people, driving social inclusion and creating stronger communities. Its youth programs are focused on addressing the significant issue of unemployment for disadvantaged youth, who face a range of unique barriers preventing them from transitioning into meaningful long-term employment. Infoxchange believes no-one should be left behind in today’s digital world. Visit www.infoxchange.org

 

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