IBM will create hundreds of new jobs through a $2.7 million hub as part of a multi-year partnership with Charles Sturt University (CSU). The collaboration will support job growth, establish students’ career pathways, and develop digital skills across regional NSW.
The Client Innovation Centre (CIC) will be established at the CSU campus in Bathurst and is expected to launch in mid-2022. It aims to employ over 300 professionals, mainly consisting of new recruits and recent CSU graduates, who specialise in data science, cyber security, artificial intelligence (AI), and hybrid cloud.
The CIC will also help create new educational courses in cyber security, data and digital services to establish a tech talent pool outside of Sydney. Students will be offered work placements and scholarships at IBM.
IBM will utilise the hub for supporting client demand across Australia and delivering expertise and ‘hot skills’ in technology fields that have been affected by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The project has received funding from the NSW government’s $130 million Regional Job Creation Fund, which offers up to $10 million in grants for businesses to build the state’s workforce.
The partnership was modelled after a similar collaboration from 1995 between IBM and Federation University in Victoria. A recent analysis by the Western Region Institute found that, in 2018-19, IBM’s Ballarat Technology Park contributed $124 million to the regional Victorian economy and 711 jobs and $54.2 million to household income for Ballarat residents.
This is not the first time the tech giant has collaborated with CSU. In 2008, the two institutions established the Bachelor of Information Technology (Business Services), a scholarship-funded degree which only accepted 22 new students per year.