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RMIT Online and Telstra join forces to develop skills for the future

Co-designed course will help workers upskill as the industry evolves

RMIT Online and Telstra have co-designed a new micro-credential, contributing to the education provider’s growing online portfolio of Future Skills programs. The program, Software Defined Networking, is part of Telstra’s $25 million investment in training to give staff the skills they need to succeed in the future.  

The shift from physical networks to virtual networks presents an opportune moment for communications service providers (CSPs) to transform their Carrier Network Infrastructure to create new business network services, generate new revenue streams, and improve operational efficiencies. Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) are fast becoming mainstream components of CSPs’ transmission networks, thanks to their ability to increase service velocity and improve service flexibility. 

The program was designed to complement Telstra employees’ existing skills and forms part of the company’s new approach to lifelong learning. It will also be open to industry professionals, enabling participants to gain an in-depth understanding of SDN and NFV technologies. Students will explore the fundamentals in networking and obtain skills in areas such as IP networking, SDN, virtualisation with NFV, cloud implementation, orchestration, network service modelling, and automation. 

The industry-led short program will bring an Australian focus to the role, through industry mentors and case studies, to ensure students are equipped with an understanding of the local landscape.  

Helen Souness, CEO of RMIT Online, believes the latest program offering will serve to prepare Australia’s telecommunications community for the advent of a new era in communications.

“New network technologies are driving the need for network engineers and telcos to reskill.  We are thrilled to support Telstra to support its staff so proactively in this transition.” 

Combining learning expertise with insights from the industry, Rebecca Holden from Telstra said the collaboration with RMIT Online reflected the importance of co-designing industry-based programs with leading education providers. 

 “As technology evolves so too does the need for lifelong learning. Gone are the days where we can ‘set-and-forget’ once we have a degree or diploma. This micro-credential will play an important part in making sure our workforce is ready for the future,” said Holden.

The online program which will be fully accredited by RMIT University, will run for six weeks. Find out more about RMIT Online here.


This article was originally published on 14 February 2020