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The free 12-week tech course promising to fast-track Aussies into a job

Jessica Yun
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There's a program, entirely free, that promises to land you a job in three months. (Source: Getty)

A not-for-profit organisation founded by McKinsey & Co. has launched a 12-week program designed to equip unemployed Australians with in-demand technical skills and secure jobs.

Designed in collaboration with technology education provider Academy Xi, the program by Generation Australia aims to nurture the next generation of web developers, with no prior experience required.

The course runs for five days a week across three months and will focus on three key areas: technical skills; employability skills; and behavioural skills or mindsets.

“Your role will enable you to create content, help clients create websites and features, and support your team to resolve coding issues,” stated Generation Australia’s website.

“The workplace for you could mean a global company in a team of 500 or a community-driven firm in a team of five.

“In this digital age, web development is everywhere, from sales to security to sustainability. It’s up to you where you want to go next.”

Since 2015, Generation Australia’s programs have produced more than 37,000 graduates, and four in five (79 per cent) secure a job within the field within three months.

Generation Australia chief operating officer Malcolm Kinns said now, more than ever, Australians were needing assistance finding employment.

“Australians need jobs now. With remote working conditions driving industries into increasing digital transformation and demand for digital skills rising, it’s a great time to reskill and begin a career in the tech sector,” he said.

Employers in the sector, such as Telstra, MYOB and Xero have also played a part in designing the course to ensure graduates have the skills and mindset they need for their new career, Kinns added.

The first program will run from June to September, with applications closing on 25 May.

Applicants will not need any prior experience to apply, but will be chosen for the program according to their motivation, fit for the role and industry, as well as the potential impact the program might have on the individual, according to a statement by Generation Australia.

There are just three requirements for applying: you have to be interested in joining the tech sector; you must have the right to work in Australia; and you must not be studying or in any training or job at the time.

Generation Australia works with employers and training providers to deliver programs of several weeks of technical, behavioural, and professional skills training as well as social support services to place individuals in jobs.

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