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ACS Professional Year Program for ICT is a 44-52 weeks work readiness program, gazetted by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP), and specifically designed for international students who have graduated in Australia and are hoping to apply for permanent residence in Australia.
The ACS Professional Year equips participants with the skills and knowledge to successfully enter the Australian workforce in their professional field. It combines face to face workshops with online education and real work experience in internships, to help you to become a young professional rather than a student or recent graduate.
The NIT Difference
NIT’s Professional Year program is an exciting program designed to equip the new IT professional with a set of highly sought-after professional skills that will help you on your way to a new career while paving the migration pathway for those seeking to make Australia their new home.
We specialise in ICT training and education. NIT is a professional partner of Australian Computer Society (ACS), an authorised CISCO Academy, VMware Academy, CompTIA Academy, IBM Academic Initiative Partner and Microsoft Imagine Partner.
Learn from professionals
Our trainers are highly experienced in Business and IT industry and bring relevant case studies into the classroom. We groom our students to be able to communicate and engage professionally and adapt to Australian workplace culture.
Get career advice in the IT field
Our IT career advisors and trainers have guided many students in overcoming their struggles in deciding their best specialisation pathway or pinning their first IT job in Australia.
100% of our students get an internship
Our internship consultants work with you to get you a relevant IT internship opportunity where you gain hands-on IT experience in an Australian organization. To know more about NIT Internships, click here.
Create effective resumes
Online resume builder creates dull and ineffective resumes. At NIT, your resume can stand out among others through our one-to-one review session with our career advisors and trainers with IT experience.
Ace your job interviews
One of our highly demanded events is where we invite real IT professionals and managers to conduct practice interviews. This helps you to gain real exposure and an opportunity to connect with these professionals from the IT industry.
Build your professional networks
We work closely with many Australian IT businesses, organisations and associations. We are able to help you engage with people from industry to maximise your chances of employment success. You also get a free ACS Student membership for 12 months.
Gain access to hidden job markets
About 80% of jobs are not advertised, so how can you tap on this? We equip you with key networking skills and guide you with the ways to access hidden job markets in the IT sector.
Free English Classes
Students who struggle to get the desired score in English language proficiency tests like IELTS and PTE can benefit from free 20-hour English improvement or exam preparation classes.
Great campus and resources
NIT is conveniently located near Perth CBD and is easily accessible via public transport. Free parking is available around the campus. Our campus is spacious and features modern learning facilities.
The first two components are delivered simultaneously in the classroom, covering 250 contact hours. The Professional Environments (PE) component which is delivered by the ACS will run in conjunction with the internship period. And the program will be delivered in the following sequence:
The Professional Year framework consists of the following components:
Communication and Performance in the Australian Workplace (CPW)
This component consists of five modules. These modules cover the areas where PY students will be expected to work on at their professional positions depending upon their organizations.
CPW1 – Performance in business meetings
One of the best skills you can have as a working professional is the ability to run an effective business meeting. This module will teach you skills related to participating in meetings. You will learn how to arrange, perform in, and conclude meetings. The goals of this module are to enable you to participate effectively in formal meetings at your workplace specifically focusing on how to write agendas, meeting minutes and reports as an outcome of a meeting. As part of this module, you will have an opportunity to develop your performance in business meetings through role plays with your peers and receive feedback from the group.
CPW2 – Workplace communication
Successful people (more often than not) have excellent workplace communication skills. Whether you work at the front end or back end, effective communication skills are critical to influencing others, building trust, rapport, and improving relationships/results. This module will help you understand the importance of effective workplace communication skills, techniques and communication strategies essential for performing or dealing more effectively in the workplace while developing your potential for professional success.
CPW3 – Presentations
This module will provide you with in-depth knowledge and skill building in the planning, preparation and delivery of truly engaging presentations. You’ll learn how to use specific tools and techniques for presentation creation and delivery which will enable you to conduct powerful presentations that engage your audience throughout. As part of this module, you will have an opportunity to develop and present to your peers and receive feedback from the group.
CPW4 – Business writing
Reports. We all need to write them, but how do you make yours stand out? In this module, you will learn how to produce effective high-quality reports and documents. Explore step by step everything you should consider to make your reports credible, well organised and clearly presented – including how to plan, research, structure and display your information to best engage your audience. This module requires you to write a business report and to write emails. The skills you learn are essential and will be used on a daily basis in your careers. Often colleagues and clients make their first contact via email and the initial impression of the person is created by that email. Employers have high expectations of written documents; expecting error-free reports using a logical structure, correct grammar, spelling and punctuation. (This module is possibly the most challenging part of the course and requires participants to improve their written English, whilst communicating in a business environment).
CPW5 – Reporting to managers
Reporting to the manager/management team on important information on either your team, the business status or its progress is likely to be the requirements in your workplace in the future if not already. This module will discuss how vital it is to report on updated, complete, accurate, and factual information, as this will impact on all the decisions of the business. For example, your manager demands you report on a weekly basis: a painstaking weekly exercise in MS Excel or MS PowerPoint, or both. It easily takes up to a few hours every week to produce and share the report. The format your manager provided doesn’t reflect your team’s efforts and progress very well. Once completing this module this no longer will be an issue.
Entry and Advancement in the Australian Workplace (EAW)
There are five modules in this component familiarising the participants with the Australian workplace.
EAW1 – Australian workplace culture
Did you know that Australians think of themselves as direct, plain, and blunt in their communication? However, in reality, they will avoid being direct when giving an order, and they perceive direct orders as rude. If you are new to the Australian workplace this module will provide you with more insight into your rights and responsibilities in the Australian workplace, and give you a better understanding of the standards of professional behaviour expected here. You will also learn about the differences in cultural diversity and how that impacts on modern Australian workplaces. You will cover ways to encourage diversity in your workplace and prevent discrimination. Workplace diversity means recognising and respecting the value of human differences and creating an environment where all the abilities and experiences of our employees are used to their fullest. On completion of this module, you will understand how to operate in a professional environment in Australia.
EAW2 – Workplace relationships
Being an effective communicator in the workplace is an invaluable trait. This module is designed to build your interpersonal skills by teaching you to be more responsive to others and foster positive workplace relationships. This module will focus on communication, networking skills and behaviour, and suggest ways on how to create and maintain workplace networks that are based on a culture of feedback, openness and trust.
EAW3 – Professional Performance
Leaders grow leaders. Effective leaders are self-aware and have the capacity to empower others and influence to achieve their potential. This module will focus on understanding the kind of habits that allow both leaders and the people they work with to focus on optimal professional performance. You will develop creative and critical thinking skills. The module also describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to be an effective and pro-active member of an innovative team, as well as working effectively with others in a diverse team environment.
EAW4 – Prepare a tailored job application
A resume is your ticket to an interview where you can sell yourself! It’s a 1 or 2-page summary of your education, skills, accomplishments, and experience. A resume does its job successfully if it doesn’t exclude you from consideration. To prepare a successful resume, you need to know how to review, summarize, and present your experiences and achievements effectively. This module develops the skills and knowledge necessary to successfully tailor a job application for a specific job. It describes how and where to find suitable job advertisements and how to analyse and successfully address selection criteria or job requirements in a tailored job application. It includes writing a cover letter and resume.
EAW5 – Interview preparation
A job interview can make even the most self-confident person nervous. Preparation is the key to help ease pre-interview jitters. If you were asked to talk about yourself or what you’ve done, what would you say? Do you have a standard introduction about yourself for interviews? In this module, you will learn how to present yourself effectively to employers and recruiters on paper and in person, and develop strategies to help you stand out from other applicants. It includes techniques such as predicting likely interview questions and participating in mock interviews, as well as advice on how to dress and behave in interviews, and an analysis of the stages of an interview.
Professional Environments (PE online, provided by the ACS)
Professionalism in ICT is designed to demonstrate what it means to be a professional in a chosen field. This online module will provide the opportunity to develop and maintain an e-portfolio, which can be built on following completion of the Professional Year program. Issues related to Business, Legal and Ethical content in the workplace is also covered. The online module is for 13 weeks and runs parallel to the student internship.
One of the most significant aspects of the Professional Year program, an internship placement will be for a minimum period of 240 hours and is normally 12 weeks and can be part-time or full-time. This provides practical ICT workplace experience in an Australian based organisation.
Applicants are required to attend an interview as part of the application process. They must:
Have successfully attained and completed an ICT-related Bachelor or Master degree or higher from an Australian tertiary institution (minimum two years’ full-time study in Australia).
Have completed their principal course of study (on a Student Visa) prior to commencing the Professional Year Program.
Hold a current and valid passport and visa (485 Temporary Graduate visa*) that allows full work and study rights whilst undertaking the ACS Professional Year Program.
Hold a valid IELTS minimum band score of 6.0 (Academic or General), no band below 5.0 (or equivalent score in other acceptable English Proficiency tests) undertaken within the last 3 years.
Undertake an application interview with NIT to ensure course suitability and viability
* Preference will be given to those currently on a 485 Temporary Graduate visa (either Graduate Work or Post-Study Workstream) or active Bridging Visa as a result of 485 Temporary Graduate visa application. NOTES:
Participants who already have permanent residency or who hold other visas which have full work and study rights for the duration of the PY Program may also be accepted, subject to approval by ACS.
Secondary visa holders of other visa subclasses such as 457, 489 or 402 visas may also be eligible to undertake Professional Year Program, subject to approval by ACS.
No visa extensions will be granted in order to complete the ACS Professional Year Program. Therefore, prospective applicants who already hold a valid visa will require a minimum of 12 months validity on their visa before commencing the ACS Professional Year Program.
ACS Skills Assessment is not an entry requirement for the course, however, we recommend applicants undertake a Temporary Graduate Skills Assessment prior to enrolling in the Professional Year Program for future skills consideration.
Frequently Asked Questions
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