The Autism Academy for Software Quality Assurance (AASQA) at Curtin University is an Australian social innovation initiative with the
vision of harnessing the special talents of people on the Autism Spectrum.
The mission of the Academy is to enable individuals on the Autism Spectrum to leverage their innate natural talents and skillsets. Their natural ability for extreme attention to detail, appreciation of predictability and
capacity to focus, will augment their training in addressing business needs of the ICT industry. In particular, ICT is facing challenges in attracting and retaining software and quality assurance testers within the sector.
Through outreaching, training, educating and graduate programs, pathways from schools to valued long-term employment can be created. This is in line
with the Academy’s vision for the collective benefit of these individuals on the Autism Spectrum, as well as industry and the wider community.
AASQA, the Autism Association of Western Australia and the Department of Training and Workforce Development will offer a further five scholarships for 2020 funded by the Department to a value of up to $5,000 each. This scholarship is for students on the Autism Spectrum to undertake an appropriate VET course aimed at gaining employment in Information Technology (IT). The scholarship will meet the cost of course fees up to $5,000.
Who is eligible?
To be eligible for the AASQA Scholarship, the applicant must:
• Be able to enrol as a student at a TAFE or Registered Training Organisation (RTO) in 2020 in a full time nationally accredited Certificate IV in Information Technology or Programming or Cybersecurity or a Diploma course in Information Technology or Software Development;
• Have an Autism Spectrum or related conditions diagnosis;
• Have a good academic record; and
• Successful applicants must attend a scholarship information session at a date to be determined.
What are the nomination requirements?
The nomination requirements include:
• A completed application form (link at the bottom of this article), including all requested documentation, to be submitted by the due date;
• Resume or CV (please attach your most recent senior high school subject transcript if you have one or other academic qualifications);
• Referee name and full contact details, or referee written reference with their contact details;
• Formal proof of Autism Spectrum diagnosis or related conditions;
• Proof of application to study full-time in 2020 in a relevant Information Technology Certificate IV or Diploma.
If successful, you must agree to be contacted every six (6) months to report on your progress and agree that your academic results for the course can be made available to the scholarship administrator (These will remain confidential and you will not be identified by name in reports)
Please send your completed application to Dr Tele Tan at firstname.lastname@example.org. For information regarding Information Technology certificates contact your nearest Jobs and Skills Centre on 13 64 64.
Applicants will be notified about the outcome of their application by email.
Applications close on 13 December 2019
Click here to download a flyer and application form.