Australian initiative launched to ease skills crisis

In an effort to overcome continuing ICT skills shortages, Australian CIOs have launched an initiative of their own to find quality graduates and entry level IT candidates.

The new service has been launched by peer to peer networking group the CIO Executive Council which has over 80 IT professionals as members from leading Australian and multinational organizations.

The service provides members with access to a pool of talented graduates candidates via the council's Web site.

Graduates submit their resume to the site with six universities participating in the service including the Queensland University of Technology, Sydney University, Canberra University, Monash University, the University of South Australia and Swinburne University.

Council staff will perform an initial screening of candidates with the organization's executive director Con Colovos claiming members can search for specific skill sets and locate profiles that match their needs.

"One obvious benefit is that CIOs can source high quality candidates with ease, saving their organizations both time and money," Colovos said.