NEC scores NT education dept contract

The services provider has landed a five-year, AU$34.6 million deal to support the department's IT and communications.

NEC Australia has continued its string of government contract wins in the Northern Territory today, as the IT services provider picked up a contract to be the primary IT vendor for the NT Department of Education's service desk and infrastructure.

Valued at AU$34.6 million over five years, the contract will see NEC provide IT services throughout all Territory schools, as well as within the department. The terms cover architecture and integration services, service desk and technology management tools, and IP telephony and communication systems management. The contract includes on-site support, which will involve servicing schools in remote areas.

"We've worked side by side with the department to enable better services through improved ICT capabilities, and the Northern Territory government has recognised and rewarded our unique approach in this new partnership," said Alan Hyde, managing director of NEC Australia. "We're looking forward to supporting the department through its next stage of planned improvements."

In June, NEC won three 12-month contract extensions with the NT government that covered network management, voice network management, and desktop and server support.

The company has worked with the NT government for over a decade and employs 240 people in the Northern Territory.

NEC also announced that it will continue to support the NT government's Structured Work Place initiative, a traineeship program run by the Department of Education, with the continuation of its own School-Based Apprenticeship and Indigenous Traineeship program that provides training and experience for students who are interested in IT.

"Our traineeship program receives a large number of requests for Structured Work Placements through the Department of Education initiative," said NEC Australia's Northern Territory manager, Trevor Oliver.

"The real success of the partnership programs is that it has led to placements across Northern Territory and with NEC."