Avanade announced the launch of its new Engineering Hub in Adelaide, signaling the firm’s increased investment in South Australia. Focused on rapid delivery of Microsoft technology solutions, the Adelaide Engineering Hub is the first of its kind for Avanade in Australia and has already created 50 jobs, with plans to double this number over the next 12 months.
What is the purpose of Avanade’s new hub?
To combat Australia’s tech skills shortage and improve diversity, Avanade will be recruiting and training early career talent to create opportunities for graduates and trainees, as well as people from outside the tech industry and individuals returning to work after a long break.
As part of this strategy, the company has committed to hiring at least 40% women and aims for a minimum 5% of its local workforce to be made up of Indigenous Australian talent.
The company has partnered with firms like Microsoft, Modis, Goanna Solutions, Generation Australia and MEGT to upskill new consultants. This focus on fostering talent will also enable Avanade to better serve gov’t and defence clients with strict data sovereignty requirements.
“Adelaide is an exciting city with a booming technology industry. Our Adelaide Engineering Hub will play a key role in shaping the city’s innovation ecosystem, support our clients through a period of accelerated digital transformation, and enable government and businesses alike to rapidly transform their operations,” said Laura Malcolm, Avanade’s Australia General Manager.
“We want to work differently in the Adelaide Hub – creating cross-functional teams that work closely with our clients, enable them to adapt rapidly and move faster from an insight to a product or solution. To do this, we want to cultivate a truly diverse workforce,” she added.
“It doesn’t matter if our new team members are Defence Force veterans, teachers, or airport workers – we’re looking for aptitude and attitude. Growing our skills to better serve our clients is at the heart of what we do at Avanade, and I’m excited to see the Hub help us achieve our goal of making a genuine human impact for our clients, people and communities.”
The new Adelaide Engineering Hub joins the existing network of Avanade offices in Australia located in Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.