Orro Group has partnered with the University of Technology Sydney and Western Sydney University in a scholarship program that aims to equalise opportunities in the IT and tech sector.
The program, supported by Orro in conjunction with The Generations Foundation, seeks to support people from under-represented groups and those experiencing educational barriers. Five of the seven recipients have been announced, with two more places yet to be announced in the coming months.
Recipients will receive financial support for the entirety of their degree, as well as a place in Orro’s internship program where students can develop meaningful skills while completing their degrees. After graduating, there is also the opportunity for a position in the company’s grad program, enabling recipients to gain experience across various parts of the business.
The program was developed in recognition of the work that must be done to create a diverse and inclusive workplace in a traditionally male-dominated sector. Beyond increasing the representation of women in technology, Orro is dedicated to the encouragement and support of those from under-represented backgrounds that wish to pursue a career in the IT and technology sector.
Rachel Sands, Chief People Officer at Orro Group, has been a driving force behind the company’s many Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives currently underway.
“We have a unique opportunity at Orro to lead the IT and technology sector forward in terms of DEI programs. It is my hope that programs such as our university scholarships will inspire those wanting a career in tech and assure them that the IT and technology industry is changing for the better. By providing opportunities and supporting minority groups through our scholarship program, we hope to show the industry the positive impacts of a diverse workforce — and attract a new generation of talent who can do great things for our customers,” Sands said.
Professor Alphia Possamai-Inesedy, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Engagement and Advancement at Western Sydney University, thanked Orro for its significant contribution to supporting the next generation of IT and technology professionals.
“Western Sydney University is delighted to partner with Orro on its inaugural scholarship program which is supporting a diverse and talented group of students, including many from the Western Sydney region. Connecting students from a range of backgrounds with opportunity, the scholarship program will provide financial support in addition to valuable hands-on learning opportunities with one of Australia’s leading secure network providers,” Possamai-Inesedy said.
Lydia Dowling, Business Relationship Manager from the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology at University of Technology Sydney, said the program aligns with the university’s underlying ethos.
“UTS’s fundamental commitment to social justice, equity and respect for diversity ties closely with the proud tradition of helping all students, no matter what their background is, to reach their full potential. We are honoured to have a community of supporters like Orro and The Generations Foundation providing our students with the support and opportunities to follow their dreams,” Dowling said.