MYOB and RMIT create innovative education model to support women entering the tech industry for MYOB’s DevelopHer program
04 May 2021
MYOB has partnered with RMIT University’s STEM College to create a new education model for MYOB’s DevelopHer program, a paid full-time internship for women seeking a career in software development.
The course sees DevelopHer participants paid to study alongside RMIT cohorts, as well as receiving additional exclusive tutorial and coaching sessions. On completion of the course, participants receive either a Graduate Certificate of Application Development or credits toward a Computer Science Degree from RMIT, plus full-time employment at MYOB as a graduate developer.
Now in its fourth year, DevelopHer was designed to redress gender imbalance in the technology industry. Data from the ABS last year showed 72% of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) students were men, MYOB wants to contribute to a more balanced gender split.
“Ensuring the curriculum would provide graduates with accredited and industry-ready training was vital when seeking an education partner,” says Helen Lea, MYOB’s Chief Employee Experience Officer.
“The DevelopHer program is open to women of all ages, backgrounds and skillsets. For many it’s an opportunity to re-skill and change careers, though women can apply straight out of school if they wish.
“It’s important they are supported through their learning and equipped with the most up to date knowledge to set them up for career success, something we know RMIT excel in.”
The bespoke course incorporates RMIT’s curriculum with in-house support from MYOB’s Future Makers Academy, its graduate program, to meet the industry skills required in the software development industry.
AT RMIT, successful DevelopHer applicants will participate in the transformative Programming Bootcamp to Studio Model, where they receive an interactive, hands-on experiential learning model.
Students learn via a combination of digital tools including interactive notebooks together with guidance and support from leading educators and researchers in Computing Technologies. This gives them a more personalized learning experience than ever before, with support from MYOB the whole way through their study.
“At RMIT our role is to remove barriers and smash gender stereotypes,” said Professor Kay Latham, Dean STEMM Diversity and Inclusion.
“The way to meaningful and lasting change across the sector is through partnerships with other committed leaders in the STEMM community. We are thrilled to partner with MYOB. By collaborating on an innovative program, we are affording further opportunity and support for more women to enter the male-dominated technology industry. It’s an exciting venture.”
“Diverse teams can solve more problems, we know the importance of having a workforce made up of different people,” said Ms. Lea.
“The DevelopHer program is one way we can ensure a better gender balance in the tech industry.”
MYOB’s DevelopHer has seen 13 women graduate to technical roles since its inception in 2018. Applications for the next Melbourne intake are open from today until 21 May, with five places available.
For more information on DevelopHer, or to apply, visit the MYOB careers site.
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Selina Ife, Communications Consultant, MYOB
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About RMIT University
RMIT is a multi-sector university of technology, design and enterprise with 95,000 students and almost 10,000 staff globally. RMIT's mission is to help shape the world through research, innovation, quality teaching and engagement, and to create transformative experiences for students, getting them ready for life and work. With strong industry connections forged over 133 years, collaboration with industry remains integral to RMIT’s leadership in education, applied and innovative research, and to the development of highly skilled, globally focused graduates.