Ahead of handing down its new budget later this week, the Tasmanian Government has announced it will provide $1.36 million in funding over the next five years to assist global IT solutions company DXC Technology in expanding its presence in Hobart.
The deal, which the government stated will help create 50 new jobs, comes two years after the state government worked to move the company’s office – then CSC, prior to its merger with Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s Enterprise Services business to create DXC – from Sydney to Tasmania.
Since the move, DXC has worked with the government to establish a partnership with TasTAFE to help build a labour pipeline for its service desk operations; the partnership has seen the development of a TasTAFE training course, designed to suit an IT outsourcing environment.
Treasurer Peter Gutwein said the fresh funds will help the company expand its Enterprise Delivery Centre, helping its Tasmanian operation “become one of the leaders in its field” across the ANZ region.
“Tasmania has an exceptional base of talented and skilled IT workers and the 50 jobs this partnership will create will help provide real career paths for Tasmanians who want to work in the IT field in their home state,” Gutwein said.
Seelan Nayagam, managing director of DXC Technology in Australia and New Zealand, said the company’s partnership with the Tasmanian Government and TasTAFE has “exceeded all expectations”, saying its Hobart service desk is considered one of the best performing for DXC Technology across the ANZ region.
“DXC is delighted to be working with the Tasmanian Government and TasTAFE on an initiative that will shape the skills, experience, and readiness of our future workforce,” Nayagam said.
“Through work placement programs, we have helped build a pathway for TAFE students in Tasmania to gain real world experience and help them deliver more value in the workplace sooner.
“It will also help us continue to promote and enhance the calibre and skills of Tasmania’s technology workforce…the government’s commitment today reaffirms the success of our programme and allows us to provide even better career opportunities for our workforce in Tasmania.”
The news comes a few months after the South Australian Government announced it would be outsourcing its IT services to DXC, awarding the company a seven year contract worth $394 million. DXC stated at the time it would create 400 new jobs in the state and invest $5 million in a new Adelaide office.
Image: Seelan Nayagam. Source: AIPM.