National: Microsoft to Train 5,000 Australian Public Servants in Cloud Computing

Microsoft has pledged to train 5,000 Australian public workers in cloud services by 2020.

The company announced the project to support the Australian government’s Secure Cloud Strategy initiative, which emphasises the modernisation and digital transformation of the public sector through cloud computing.

Microsoft expected 800 workers to participate in the program in the next three months, with a goal of reaching 2,000 by the year 2020.

The program, which is to be conducted by Microsoft as well as DDLS, New Horizons and Advanced Training, covers workers across the public sector in six cities, namely Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Canberra, Adelaide and Brisbane. The courses are based on Microsoft’s Azure cloud services.

“This training promises organisational agility, better delivery of services and faster insights from government data, which will help transform the Australian public sector by providing a better experience for citizens,” said Microsoft Australia managing director Steven Worrall.

“Migrating from legacy platforms to the cloud is not trivial, so the specialised program we have put together will equip public sector developers and system engineers with cloud-ready skills to design and build digital solutions and deliver their agency transformation initiatives.”

Technology: Space Tour Guide and Other Jobs in 2025

In 2025, you can apply for the job of space tour guide, according to a report released in August by The Future Laboratory and Microsoft.

The report claims that 65 percent of today’s students will be doing jobs that don’t exist yet at the moment due to “technological change, economic turbulence, and societal transformations”.

“A new wave of automation, with the advent of true artificial intelligence, robots, and driverless cars, threatens the future of traditional jobs, from truck drivers to lawyers and bankers,” the report reads. “But, by 2025, this same technological revolution will open up inspiring and exciting new career opportunities in sectors that are only in their infancy today.”

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The report predicts that space tour guides, among other jobs, would be needed in 2025 as earth orbit trip will become a popular choice for “intrepid travellers”.

Other jobs that the report predicts will employ current students include virtual habitat designer, ethical technology advocate, digital cultural commentator, sustainable power innovator, and more.