blog Remember last week when REA Group chief information officer Nigel Dalton published a somewhat disturbing article on his site noting that Australia currently trains more fitness instructors than IT professionals? Delimiter jumped on the post as evidence that, as a nation, Australia just isn’t interested in the knowledge economy, and is more interested in following the latest stampede to help people become The Biggest Loser. However, as it turns out, Dalton may have been wrong, and our concern may have been half-baked. El Reg has run its own numbers and reports (we recommend you click here for the full article):
“Dalton and his source are right. To a point. Australia’s universities are producing fewer IT graduates than the various training establishments pumping out personal trainers. But to suggest that Australia is producing more trainers than IT pros is wrong. And by excluding TAFEs from an asessment of Australia’s national performance in IT training is to ignore an enormous part of the education sector.”
The issue, as El Reg points out, appears to be that Dalton’s analysis didn’t include the large numbers of IT professionals who graduate from TAFE colleges and other non-university tertiary institutions in order to pursue a career in IT. Hell, a lot of IT professionals never went to either university or TAFE — as far as we’re aware, there’s no requirement to, if all you want is a Microsoft, Cisco or Unix certification, for example. We’re betting that one of the quickest paths to riches as an IT pro these days is to train yourself up in VMware. Virtualisation is all the rage, after all.