The Abbott Government has welcomed a $30 million investment in training in Australia by Chinese technology giant Huawei as a sign of the breadth and strength of the Australia-China education and training relationship.

Assistant Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham today visited Huawei’s flagship executive briefing centre in Beijing, China for the announcement of a new training and development centre in Sydney.

“I welcome Huawei’s first National Training and Development Centre for Australia,” Senator Birmingham said.

“Huawei's $30 million investment in the centre will enable Australians to train on the latest technology, including students undertaking placements as part of Huawei’s Seeds for the Future initiative, which offers work experience to students from around the world.

“Huawei is a global leader in cutting edge technology and has a commitment to upskilling its current and future workforce, as well as the workforce of its clients.

“Today’s visit to Huawei was an opportunity to discuss the company’s approach to technology development, training deployment and improving the capability of its staff and partners.”

Currently Huawei sends staff and customers to overseas training centres to build their skills in its latest technologies.

The National Training and Development Centre for Australia will offer training opportunities for Australians on the latest information and communications technology from Huawei, including students from the Australian Technology Network of Universities, and TAFE students.

“This is a great example of how we are strengthening the Australia-China skills relationship, and of industry engagement in developing a skilled workforce,” Senator Birmingham said.

“Providing workplace opportunities is vital to ensure graduates are provided with real life experience on how to apply their skills learned through training, and this centre will make a valuable contribution to Australia’s future capability.”

Senator Birmingham’s media contact: Caitlin Keage 0427 729 987
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