Atlassian's Mike Cannon-Brookes leads coding lab at CeBIT

Atlassian's Mike Cannon-Brookes leads coding lab at CeBIT

One of NSW's most successful technology entrepreneurs, Atlassian co-founder and CEO Mike Cannon-Brookes, led by example in his push to promote STEM skills by personally hosting a beginner's coding class on the opening day of CeBIT.

The Atlassian Code Lab will be a daily showfloor feature of this year's tech exhibition giving participants the chance to try coding basics using Google’s 'CS-First curriculum'.

Mr Cannon-Brookes is a strong advocate for promoting more STEM education.

'Technology is already the biggest industry in the world, and if we want to maintain and grow our slice of that pie we need to increase investment in STEM education at all levels,' Mr Cannon-Brookes said.

'Every single company is becoming - or already is - a software company which means more and more jobs are becoming technology jobs.

'We need more graduates with technology skills in almost every discipline, from computer science to medicine, to help us become a leading innovation nation.'

There are strong career and training opportunities for people wanting to take up technology careers including computer coding in NSW, which has Australia’s largest technology and startup sectors.

NSW's vocational education and training (VET) system offers a range of subsidised training and scholarship opportunities through the NSW Government's Smart and Skilled program.

The Certificate IV in Programming (course number ICT40515) and Diploma of Software Development (ICT50715) are both designed to lead to employment as software and applications programmers.

Both courses are subsidised under Smart and Skilled with the fee for a student doing the Certificate IV in Programming being $1,980 if a first qualification, and $3,600 for the Diploma of Software Development. These two qualifications are also eligible for $1,000 Jobs of Tomorrow Scholarships.

There are a range of other VET qualifications designed to train people for ICT occupations, which are also subsidised under Smart and Skilled and may be eligible for Jobs of Tomorrow Scholarships, including:

  • ICT40115 Certificate IV in Information Technology
  • ICT50115 Diploma of Information Technology
  • ICT40815 Certificate IV in Digital Media Technologies
  • ICT40215 Certificate IV in Information Technology Support
  • ICT50215 Diploma of Digital and Interactive Games
  • ICT50615 Diploma of Website Development
  • ICT50515 Diploma of Database Design and Development

The Commonwealth Department of Jobs and Small Business' 'Internet Vacancy Index' shows there were 2,703 NSW online vacancies in March 2018 for software and applications programmers, a 23 per cent increase on the previous year.

NSW, with the largest technology sector, had about 42% of national advertised vacancies.

The NSW school system, through the ‘Information and Digital Technology Industry Curriculum Framework’, also  allows students to gain industry recognised VET qualifications as part of their HSC.

High school students can study a Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology (ICT30115) which is focused on web and software applications, networking and hardware and digital animation. The course also includes two elective units of competency relating to programming (ICTPRG301 Apply introductory programming techniques and ICTPRG405 Automate processes).

Coding skills for children are also being promoted through Code Club Australia, which is a statewide network of free coding clubs for ages 8 to 15 headquartered at the Tank Stream Labs incubator at the Sydney Startup Hub, which has volunteers helping over 75,000 young people learn coding each week.

At CeBIT, there are three Atlassian Coding Club classes today and there will be four tomorrow (10.30 am, 12.00 pm, 2.00 pm, 3.30 pm) and four on Thursday (10.30 am, 12.00 pm, 1.45 pm, 3.00 pm).

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