Commonwealth Scholarships Program for Young Australians opens up IT career opportunities for Dain

People standing in front of a sign reading OnBoard I.T.

Dain Riley with colleagues on his last day interning at OnBoard I.T.

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Dain Riley wanted to get into IT since high school and thanks to a Commonwealth Scholarships Program for Young Australians internship his dream has become a reality.

Dain was chosen for the first scholarship intake in March 2020 to develop his passion for IT, a moment he describes simply as “wow!”

The scholarship awards young Australians up to $13,000 a year to study a vocational education and training (VET) qualification and complete a paid internship.

Dain completed his internship with OnBoard I.T. in Townsville, getting practical experience on the job while also studying a Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology. “I really wanted to get into IT and it took some time to find a way into these studies. The technology field is mind blowing for me but very exciting,” Dain said.

Tania Greenwood, OnBoard I.T. Manager said Dain’s confidence and skills flourished during his internship.

“The most rewarding thing was watching him grow and take note of the different systems we use. It was really nice to have a smiling, willing to learn keenness around the office,” Tania said.

Kirra Fitzell, Regional Scholarship Coordinator at BUSYAtWork, says Dain has come far since beginning his placement with OnBoard I.T.

“Dain is from the Disability priority group. He lacked a little confidence and was very shy in the beginning. Dain just needed to feel comfortable and once a rapport was built, he took to the situation amazingly,” Kirra said.

“It is wonderful to see that the Government is helping to give these kids a head start in their futures.”

Dain said the scholarship has inspired him to continue to look for work in the IT sector.

“I have had very positive steps towards securing employment. A small business is now considering letting me do three weeks’ work experience with them with the hope it will lead to a position,” Dain said.

“All-in-all this whole scholarship has helped me move up the ladder in a career in IT.”

More information

The Commonwealth Scholarships Program is awarding young Australians up to $13,000, to study a vocational education and training (VET) qualification and complete a paid internship.

For questions about the application process, contact BUSYAtWork on 13 BUSY (13 28 79) or scholarships@busyatwork.com.au.

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