Victoria’s La Trobe University will offer a SharePoint degree to students from next year, which will run for three years and offer a final year paid internship with the university.
The SharePoint Factory, launched in conjunction with Microsoft, IT consulting firm e-Centric Innovations and the Victorian Government, is forecast to create 150 jobs in Bendigo in the next three years.
Fifty five workers will be hired, both as tutors and general facility workers, within the SharePoint unit, and 98 students in their third year will be given a one-year paid internship of $28,000 to work in SharePoint at La Trobe.
The SharePoint Factory has already recruited five interns and six employees.
The Factory will develop web application software for business and government organisations, and is expected to start getting paid customers within the next five months, a spokesperson said.
The spokesperson declined to reveal the Victorian Government’s funding contribution to the course, citing commercial confidence.
Microsoft and e-Centric did not respond to request for comment by the time of publication.