Ground-breaking French computer programming school ‘42’ will open its first Australian campus in Adelaide, with 140 jobs or training pathways available for young South Australians.
The Marshall Liberal Government has provided more than $750,000 in funding to assist locally based youth employment enterprise KIK Innovation open the world-renowned education model at 24 Pitt Street CBD, in partnership with Uniting Communities.
The students learn from peers in a collaborative environment, breaking down financial barriers of conventional higher education and providing skills essential to these burgeoning industries.
Innovation and Skills Minister David Pisoni said this contemporary approach to learning encourages creativity and flexibility outside a traditional educational pathway.
“KIK Innovation is an experienced social enterprise dedicated to helping young South Australians overcome challenges and forge promising careers,” Minister Pisoni said.
“This innovative, free education program will open exciting career opportunities for the students in high growth industries.
“The Marshall Government is determined to open up the new opportunities in the tech economy for all South Australians by supporting innovative programs like 42.
“I’m thrilled to support this endeavour through JobTrainer, which will create 140 jobs and further training pathways for participants between the ages of 17 and 24.
“Participants will develop technical skills, such as programming language and paradigms, and soft skills to ensure they are work ready.
“Students can control what, when and how they learn with the 42 program and they may pursue three main branches of curriculum: design, web and graphics; algorithms; or networks.
“Partnerships with employers like Lockheed Martin, Fleet Technologies and LoftusIT make 42 Adelaide a really exciting option for any South Australian seeking career advancement, and I encourage prospective students to seriously consider this project-based, peer-learning model.”
KIK Innovation funding through a JobTrainer Project and from the South Australian Government’s Research, Commercialisation and Startup Fund (RCSF) to secure the Australian licence for 42.
KIK Innovation founder Louise Nobes said establishing 42 Adelaide built on her organisation’s ethos of providing opportunities for the next generation.
“KIK has always been about giving access and educational pathways to young people. It started with entrepreneurship and then it spilled out,” Ms Nobes said.
"42 Adelaide will not only provide great local digital talent; its unique education model ensures everyone is welcome to be part of the skills and jobs of the future.
"42 believes that everyone has potential, so by removing the barriers to get into high value education, we are providing a solution to the diversity crisis.”
Minister Pisoni said 42 Adelaide would complement existing digital education infrastructure in South Australia, such as courses offered through vocational education and training and the Australian Cyber Collaboration Centre.
Students will undergo an intensive four-week bootcamp before progressing on to gain a Diploma in Information Technology and other training courses provided by registered training organisation Academy IT, while also completing paid internships with partner companies.
42 Adelaide will be based at 24 Pitt Street, Adelaide, in partnership with Uniting Communities.
Applications to study at 42 Australia are now open: https://42adel.org.au