TAFE partners with SAP to boost IT skills
Brisbane North Institute of TAFE (BNIT) announced it has partnered with SAP Australia to help address IT skills shortages in Queensland. The new alliance aims to generate SAP skills among the community while assisting the Queensland Government to build a greater skills base locally.
The first TAFE in Australia to do so, BNIT will offer the online, self-paced SAP courses as a part of SAP’s uAcademy, a skills-based learning program targeted at business and IT students. The program will be facilitated by BNIT through the provision of subsidised opportunities for individuals to supplement their business skills with SAP skills which are in high demand with employers.
BNIT Institute Director Lynne Foley said the landmark alliance would provide an opportunity for students to train in a high-demand skill area more cost effectively. “I am very excited to announce the partnership with SAP Education,” she said. “Through our relationship we aim to introduce much needed SAP skills to the marketplace and provide an entry point for students wanting to begin or enhance their existing careers in SAP related roles.”
The program offers online SAP training courses that better equip students with basic to advanced SAP skills, with content and related support provided by SAP Education.
The uAcademy courses provide a combination of e-learning and hands-on experience. They offer digital content added to the ability to interact with SAP software and live training systems to reinforce lessons. Students will also be equipped with the knowledge to sit SAP Associate Certification.
Director of SAP Education Australia, Francesca Salvo, said SAP professionals were in high demand for their technical and business skills. “Enterprise application adoption within businesses has grown in recent years, and this growth is expected to continue,” she said.
“Despite a resultant high demand for SAP professionals, the number of students graduating from universities who understand the business value of software, or who are able to integrate their business acumen with use of solutions in organisations is low.
“Working directly with BNIT to deliver SAP training will help to ensure that students receive appropriate SAP certification that is recognised and required by industry.”