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Australian government wants IT apprentices

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Australia's Federal Government has opened its 2013 ICT Apprenticeship Program, and hopes bright young people who can spell HTML and pass a security clearance will jump at the chance to earn up a wage of around AUD$40k (actual pay varies by agency and seniority) slaving away amid crushing bureaucracy advancing the cause of the nation in the progressive environment of the public service.

The program requires four days a week of work in a government office, plus a day a week ”dedicated towards completing a Certificate III in Electronics and Communications (3 years) or a Certificate IV (2 years) or Diploma (3 years)” in a range of IT disciplines.

A Career Development and Support Officer oversees apprentices' progress and aims to ensure they emerge as “a high performing Australian Government employee.”

Applications can be made online.

The Government has also thrown open the gates to its Graduate and Cadet ICT programs, Information on all can be found here. ®

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