Offering a head start to recent graduates

SYDNEY – 9 September 2013
Socially conscious EmpireOne Group recently began a new training initiative to allow recent graduates to gain a head start in their search for employment. Currently accessible only to a few select graduates, the program is a full-time commitment over 8 weeks during which EmpireOne aims to connect graduates with modern technologies and also practices, using a mix of tutor-led discussions and project-based learning.

Not-for-profit, SME’s and also startups are frustrated towards technologies and more specifically the lack of qualified staff available for an affordable rate. This is reinforced with organisations not being in a position where they can rapidly train candidates to understand the breadth of all technologies they have in place.

Technologies are not so cool anymore

Between 2003 and 2012, the Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIICCSRTE) has reported a 40% increase in new graduates throughout all fields of education, while Information Technology shows a 5% decrease.

The statistics show the number of Information Technology graduates growing significantly until 2003, when it peaked at 19,106 or 8.8% of the new graduates that year (215,115). Over the following decade, this number declined to 11,606 (2012), or 3.8% of all graduates (299,474).

We see a significant gap between the skills graduates have acquired at university, and the constantly evolving technologies used by fast-evolving companies today.

As a result, graduates without industry experience find themselves in limbo, trying to get a few unpaid internships before they become more employable, sometimes 12-18 months after graduating.

Miqdad Hassan, Director, TechnoMatch

In 2011, the Sydney Morning Herald wrote on how graduates are finding it increasingly difficult to find work with 25% of them still looking for work 4 months after completing their studies.

Making technologies available

Directors Sebastien Tremblay and Atif Khan together combine over 35 years of experience and have designed the unique syllabus, covering over 25 topics in the 8-weeks period.

Given the sheer size of the education and university systems today, compared to the pace at which new technologies emerge every week, it’s not surprising to see fresh grads taking weeks to get up to speed, and months to be truly productive. The course syllabus just did not keep up.

Sebastien Tremblay, Managing Director, EmpireOne Group

“Our business is heavily agile and as technologies are moving forward, the syllabus behind the training program will do so just as much” Managing Director Sebastien Tremblay says the company is constantly looking at ways of making Internet technologies more accessible and within reach of every individual and organisation.

Looking at a making a positive impact in the community and introducing each individual to a key set of technologies, EmpireOne has put the training initiative in place to allow new grads to enter the marketplace with a practical skill set.

The initiative is also exclusively offered to Not-for-profit organisations wishing to up-skill their junior staff, or to hire a graduate with modern skills to apply from Day 1.

Things to know about EmpireOne Group

EmpireOne specialises in web and mobile technologies as well as ICT assessments, strategy and planning for small-to-medium businesses. The company culture is based around their "no nonsense" promise, which guarantees an honest, transparent and open conversation with each team members. Their focus is on technologies for human beings, an attempt at making the IT world of today easily understandable and reachable to all.

The startup began in late-2010 and its team includes a number of former employees of Fairfax Media, Merck Sharp & Dohme, IBM, AON and the Canadian CSE and CGI Group. Staff profiles and blogs available via the EmpireOne team page.

Media contact information

All media inquiries can be submitted via the company website’s or via email at hi@empireone.com.au.

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Managing Director of EmpireOne Group in Sydney, Sebastien has made a life of understanding both sides of the fence. Born in Canada and educated as a self-started business software engineer, not a single day passes without finding Seb tweaking a process, system or piece of code.