Academic partnership to help upskill young South Australians with tech skills

24 November, 2023

South Australian born-and-bred organisation RAA is supporting youth employment in tech and digital roles through an inaugural academic partnership with 42 Adelaide.  

The innovative tech school is an Australian-first coding school helping pave the way for young South Australians to land tech careers. 

RAA Chief Executive Officer Nick Reade said the organisation was proud to partner with a program aimed at equipping South Australians with sought after tech skills. 

“The 42 program is bringing together some of the best and brightest IT talent we have here in South Australia, skills we know at RAA are integral to the future of the State and our member services,” Mr Reade said. 

“With our sights on digital transformation for our staff, our members and our community, there’s never been a better time for RAA to invest in the future tech capability of young South Australians.” 

The brainchild of French telecommunications businessman Xavier Niel, 42 began in France in 2013 as an alternative IT education opportunity for those with financial barriers. Now, there are 52 campuses in 29 countries. 42 was brought to Australia by social entrepreneur, founder & CEO Louise Nobes, who exclusively licensed 42 through her not for profit, KIK Innovation.  

Not only does the program open the digital door to South Australians who may not be able to afford traditional education methods, but it also encourages diversity and inclusion.   

The Adelaide campus has a vision for 50/50 female students by 2025 and a variety of education techniques suited to neuro-diverse people or those with learning difficulties. 

Chief Technology Officer for RAA, James Galdes said the 42 learning model is a fantastic alternative for those who perhaps wouldn’t usually suit a more ‘traditional’ education system.  

“Everybody has different learning styles and personality types, and 42 affords those who might not have previously considered a digital career a foot in the door,” Mr Galdes said. 

“RAA staff will be mentoring these students in the new year, and hopefully affording careers to some early graduates of the program, too. 

“The world is increasingly in need of coding and tech talent, and we look forward to supporting this need into the future both at RAA and South Australia more broadly.”