Global technology giant Huawei will train Australians in the latest information and communications technology with the completion later this year of a major new IT training centre in Sydney.

Assistant Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham today visited Huawei’s $30 million new IT training facility in Chatswood, which is in the final stages of construction.

“This 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 vocational education and training students,” Senator Birmingham said.

“When complete, the National Training and Development Centre will enable Huawei’s staff, partners and customers in Australia to train with world-class ICT equipment and software.

“Around 2000 people will be trained each year at the centre in the latest technologies and that number is expected to increase to between 5-6,000 a year within two years.

“This will include the training of 100 Australian students each year, including 50 VET students, following the signing today of a letter of commitment from Huawei Australia as part of Huawei’s Corporate Social Responsibility.

“Additionally, state of the art technology will be used within the centre’s labs to undertake vital research and development locally.

“The centre is the first training facility of its kind for Huawei in Australia and will also enable training for students undertaking placements as part of Huawei’s Seeds of the Future initiative, which offers work experience to students from around the world.

“Having just returned from an international education trade mission to China that included a visit to Huawei’s flagship executive briefing centre in Beijing, this new training facility is a strong example of how we are strengthening the Australia-China skills relationship.

“As a global leader in cutting-edge technology, this investment by Huawei in Australia shows a real and tangible commitment to up-skilling our future and current workforce,” Senator Birmingham said.

Huawei’s National Training and Development Centre is due to open in August.

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