Strategic tech advisory firm KJR Australia has partnered with the Queensland Government’s 9.5-hectare development Lumina to launch an Indigenous Traineeship program that will open doors to a career in technology for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in Years 11 and 12 on the Gold Coast.

Backed by the Queensland Government through Economic Development Queensland (EDQ), the yearly traineeships will begin from March 29, with students set to undertake training at the city’s leading entrepreneurship hub, Cohort Innovation Space, home to the AI Lab of KJR affiliate company, Datarwe.

The new Indigenous Traineeship Program will offer local students the opportunity to learn from some of Australia’s leading Artificial Intelligence experts, data scientists and technology engineers from KJR and Datarwe, while completing their Certification III in Business.

Pictured L-R: Amy Lepinay, Hunter Stanley and Tim Moloney.

With a focus on emerging technology, students will gain an understanding of how to create, test, analyse and implement AI models, along with learning about the handling of the AI infrastructure, software models and Machine Learning tools.

The immersive and hands-on work in learning experience will see students prepare for exciting jobs of the future and gain real-world technical experience by assisting the KJR team on a number of national projects that rely on artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies.

In addition to exploring a career in technology, students will be provided with an insight into the workforce environment, while building their teamwork, communication, and networking skills.

KJR Australia Founder and Chairman, Dr Kelvin Ross, said it is an exciting opportunity not only for the students but also for the KJR team to share the skills and expertise in the technology spaces that they are so passionate about.

“We hope that through this program, we can encourage and empower students across the Gold Coast to take control of their future and their careers with helpful mentorship, and an immersive and hands-on work in learning experience”.

In 2020, KJR co-located with Datarwe in their Gold Coast based AI lab, joining a growing cluster of AI focussed businesses located at Cohort Innovation Space, including ASX listed SenSen, Silverpond AI and Laronix.


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