Satyam partners with ACS, fights IT skills shortage

Satyam partners with ACS, fights IT skills shortage

Summary: Indian computer services giant Satyam has partnered with the Australian Computer Society (ACS) Foundation in a scholarship program designed to annually train 100 Australian graduates with on-the-job IT skills.

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Indian computer services giant Satyam has partnered with the Australian Computer Society (ACS) Foundation in a scholarship program designed to annually train 100 Australian graduates with on-the-job IT skills.

The scholarship program, which involves spending three months training with Satyam in India, kicked off earlier this year, with the first set of graduates expected to return to Australia in December.

John Ridge, executive director of the ACS Foundation, said the scholarship program is a great opportunity for new graduates to get "their foot in the door".

"One of the big components that a lot of students miss out on is being able to get their first job -- this is giving them the opportunity to get the relevant industry experience, which in my view ... is vital and should be a mandatory part of all courses, he said."

"There is also a valid opportunity or argument for people that may have taken a non-IT major -- a business or some other degree -- to look for opportunities in the IT industry," Ridge added.

Satyam's country manager, Deepak Nangia, said the deal came around, in part, because of a need for the global outsourcing giant to recruit more 'leaders'.

"The more leaders and better leaders you have, the better you can sustain a growth (from 40,000 to 100,000 staff) over the next few years, which is what the plans are." -- Nangia said Satyam is growing at a rate of 35 percent year on year.

"The DNA and the fabric of [our] organisation goes through such a huge change each year, the only thing that can hold it together is the program of how we manage our people, how we train them and how we can embed some of our culture in them. Otherwise, the culture of the organisation can change every six months," he said.

While Nangia hopes that successful candidates stay on, they won't be forceed to do so. "As a philosophy, we don't tie in any [associate], no matter where they come from, to work for us."

"The first batch of trainees come back in December, which works out to 100 training days. Once they are back we expect to have them in our project and development centres -- in Sydney and Melbourne," Nangia said.

Topic: IT Employment

Munir Kotadia

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Munir was recognised as Australia's Best Technology Columnist at the 5th Annual Sun Microsystems IT Journalism Awards 2007. In the previous year he was named Best News Journalist at the Consensus IT Writers Awards.

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  • No Australain Companies ?

    How come ACS didn't had a Australian Company sponsoring and training Young IT Professional? Even Skill development has been outsourced as well..

    It's good atleast we learn that Young IT graduates need a break into industry.. They need is intial break through and training in industry standards.

    I think universities need to change thier strategy of teaching IT skills to IT graduates. Why they can't be trained what industry needs during thier university programme?
    anonymous
  • Perfect pair

    I think its a great pair; neither ACS nor Indian outsources have a very good reputation it the industry
    anonymous
  • Excellent service through partnership

    ACS is giving Australians a taste of what is needed in industry with expertise in doing an excellent job internationally. Locals can learn how to compete in a global market.

    Can't we arrange more companies to take this lead?
    anonymous
  • Which industry are you talking about?

    Information Technology professional Association is ACS, in case you are totally ignorant.

    Satyam is a global organisation that has delivered results to many interntaional companies that had difficulties getting the right talent, especially when idiotic people like you apply to do a job.
    anonymous
  • Its a good idea

    It's good for grads to go to India to truly learn how to communicate with Indians. In any IT company, you have to work with them, and if you don't really understand how they work and where their motivations come from, you'll spend the first few years of work tearing your hair out!
    anonymous