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UC and Instaclustr establish partnership for open-source software training, certification, research and development

UC Media Team

11 May 2021: The University of Canberra has partnered with software company Instaclustr to provide open-source software training, certification, and research and development to boost Australia’s job ready skills in the Information Technology (IT) sector.

Instaclustr was founded in 2013 with the sole purpose of helping companies unlock the power of open-source technologies. Through the partnership, the University and Instaclustr will collaborate on the development and delivery of professional courses designed to advance the Australian workforce’s software engineering skills.

Commencing on 25 May 2021, the first online course to be delivered through the partnership, Developer Training and Certification for Apache Kafka, will help budding software engineers, developers and system administrators acquire the fundamental skills required to develop and operate one of the world’s most advanced and influential technologies, Apache Kafka.

Course content will include hands-on workshops, webinars, online forums, self-paced assignments and assessments. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to take an optional exam to become an Instaclustr certified developer for Apache Kafka.

Peter Lilley, CEO at Instaclustr said technology jobs will be in high demand in Australia over the next few years, with some reports suggesting that 156,000 extra digital technology workers will be needed by 2025.

“There is a significant skills gap that needs to be filled when it comes to technology and digital literacy skills in Australia. Many businesses are only just starting to recognise the benefits of open-source technologies despite over 80 per cent of Fortune 100 companies using Apache Kafka in their organisation,” Mr Lilley said

“We are therefore delighted to be partnering with the University of Canberra to address this issue with the launch of our first online course that will pave the way for further open-source software training, certification, research and development.

“At Instaclustr, we recognise just how important developing these skills will be, not only to Australia's future success and position as a global IT leader, but also to providing young Aussies with the job ready skills that are so highly sought after.

“We’re also thrilled to be able to offer a free entry pathway to an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student, to help increase diversity and representation in the tech industry more broadly.”

Vice-Chancellor and President at the University of Canberra Professor Paddy Nixon said partnerships with industry give students a competitive edge when entering the workforce.

“We are committed to working with industry partners in an effort to improve the employability outcomes for our students,” Professor Nixon said.

“Partnering with an industry leader like Instaclustr provides students with access to expertise, practical workforce skills, and academic oversight that will give our graduates a competitive edge when they enter the workforce.”

Applications are now open. Full course details can be found here.

About the course

Start date: 25 May AEST
Time commitment: 6 weeks (8 hours per week)
Delivery: 100% online
Cost: AUD $2,000

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Learning outcomes:

  • Understand the fundamentals of Apache Kafka including core concepts, architecture and the ecosystem.
  • Learn to build and manage Kafka clusters using industry best practices.
  • Learn to configure, monitor and troubleshoot Kafka clusters.
  • Learn how to code and build applications that can both publish and consume data from a Kafka cluster.
  • Learn advanced concepts including security and core supporting tools and ecosystem services.
  • Gain certification as a developer for Apache Kafka following successful completion of all modules, their corresponding practical workshops and a concluding exam.