Hon Liza Harvey MLA

Hon Liza Harvey MLA

Former Deputy Premier; Minister for Police; Road Safety; Training and Workforce Development; Women's Interests

    Autism scholarships target IT skills shortage

    15/09/2016 7:00 AM
     
    • Pilot program provides $5,000 scholarships to people with autism
    • People on the Autism spectrum are highly regarded in software testing

    A new Liberal National Government scholarship program launched today will lead to greater career opportunities for people who are on the Autism spectrum.

     

    Deputy Premier and Training and Workforce Development Minister Liza Harvey said the pilot program would give people access to information technology training.

     

    "Up to five training scholarships to the value of $5,000 each will be awarded to people who are on the Autism spectrum to study in the field of information technology," Ms Harvey said.

     

    "Software testing can be a difficult job to fill because of the high levels of attention needed over prolonged periods of time, but that plays to the strengths of many individuals who are on the Autism spectrum."

     

    The scholarship program is a collaboration between the Autism Academy for Software Quality Assurance, based at Curtin University, South Metropolitan TAFE, Autism Association of Western Australia and the Department of Training and Workforce Development.

     

    "The program supports the work of the Autism Academy in particular, which has a unique role in harnessing the talents and skills of students who have autism to create pathways to long-term employment," the Deputy Premier said.

     

    "With the combined strength of each organisation, students will be supported through their initial training while a link to possible employment will also be provided."

     

    Scholarships would cover the cost of student fees for Certificate IV and Diploma level courses in information technology, programming or software development.

     

    Applications will be open until October 14, 2016 and successful recipients will be notified in November.

     

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