The University of Canberra is pleased to be partnering with Column 72 to develop this ground-breaking program to ensure IT graduates are equipped to handle challenges of the future.

The Mainframe Trainee Program is an exciting initiative that combines traditional university study with three years of practical learning to ensure students are industry-ready when they graduate. Aspiring IT professionals will be able to combine traditional university study with workplace learning under a new program being developed by the University of Canberra and Column 72.

The program will focus predominantly on training people to work with the IBM Z mainframe which is widely considered to be the most advanced hardware platform in the world.

When approved, trainees will undertake a Bachelor of Information and Mainframe Technology at the University over three years. The course, which plans to combine face-to-face and online learning, has been designed specifically for the program. While they are studying, students will undertake paid work at a company that uses IBM Z. The world’s biggest banks and airlines run on IBM Z mainframes.

The proposed program delivers the traditional skills required in the contemporary mainframe environment as well as the skills that will be in demand for the future technologies. It is both practical and academically sound to meet industry needs and ensure that graduates will be employable once qualified. It is another example of our ongoing commitment to work with industry to provide students with a high-quality learning experience.

The proposed new Bachelor of Information and Mainframe Technology will focus on Australia’s unique mainframe environment. It is planned that students will learn about traditional and emerging languages and technologies with access to the full complement of System Z software.

Column 72 Director Dr Murray Woods said students would be able to manage complex mainframe environments at the end of their studies.

“I look forward to watching the trainees learn at the University and progress with their sponsoring employers during this dynamic and rapidly evolving time in the IBM Z space,” Dr Woods said.

The program is scheduled to begin later this year. Applicants must have a Diploma of IT from TAFE or be in the first year of an IT degree at an Australian university. Register your interest at or with the University.

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