SYDNEY, 17 MARCH 2009 - Indian IT services group Wipro will take on 10 graduate trainees as part of a new scholarship programme being run in conjunction with industry group the Australian Computer Society.
Graduates would be given on-the-job training using a variety of technologies, and would eventually be placed in Wipro's project teams working with Australian customers, the company said in a statement.
Areas covered include testing, mainframes, SAP's Netweaver and Oracle's Fusion. Training in corporate leadership will also be provided.
The scholarships are being offered in conjunction with the Australian Computer Society Foundation, which solicits funds for scholarships for IT graduates. The foundation claims to have raised $17.5 million and given out 1300 scholarships since its inception in 2001.
Foundation chairman John Debrincat said he hoped more graduates would be offered positions through such programs.
"This programme is a step in the right direction," he said. "We look forward to increasing the number of graduates being trained by industry leaders like Wipro on a regular basis."
In Australia, Wipro's customers include Optus, the ANZ bank and Holden.
Wipro is one of two major Indian outsourcing companies to be caught in scandals recently. It was revealed in January that Wipro had been barred from working with the World Bank.
Wipro only revealed the ban after the $US1 billion accounting scandal that enveloped rival group Satyam brought Indian outsourcing groups under renewed scrutiny.
Already under review by customers including Qantas in the wake of the scandal, Satyam's local operations suffered a new blow, with telco giant Telstra dropping its contracts with the company in favour of American outsourcer EDS.
The Australian Financial Review this week reported that Telstra was expected to end its relationship with Satyam as it consolidated its contracts between EDS, IBM and Infosys.
An EDS spokeswoman confirmed the Texas-based company had picked up the work.
Telstra contracts had represented 35 per cent of Satyam's local revenue.
Satyam chief executive AS Murty few to Australia last week to reassure clients about the state of the company's outsourcing business. Mr Murty met with customers including Telstra, National Australia Bank, Optus and Qantas.
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