By Elizabeth Kelleher
Victoria’s Holmesglen Institute has announced the creation of a new SAP-focused Bachelor of Information Technology.
Designed in response to demand for graduates with SAP knowledge and practical on-the-job experience, the new degree will be made up of 16 subject units, 10 of which will cover SAP products from the front-end user benefits through to the construction of the database design.
Each intake of students will specialise in one particular area, such as HR and Payroll, Supply Chain and Logistics, Customer Relationship Management or Financial Services.
Students will also be given the opportunity to gain on-the-job experience through relevant 14-16-week industry placements within companies who run SAP software.
Sharon Berman, course leader, Holmesglen Institute, believes the SAP-focused degree will be the first of many across Australia.
“We saw a gap in the education sector and believe that this course could be the first of many to roll out in Australia,” said Berman. “SAP software runs a significant proportion of Australia’s GDP.”
“There are more and more SAP projects coming online and a great need for people with business analyst skills with a strong practical knowledge of SAP and it’s important that correctly targeted courses are available locally to fuel the skills need in Australia,” she said.
Mark Hettler, vice president, Field Services & Support, SAP ANZ, has welcomed the announcement.
“We at SAP think this is a fantastic initiative of Holmesglen,” he said. “SAP skills shortages are a global issue and it’s great to see a vocational provider leading the way and taking this on locally in Australia.”
Holmesglen is already filling placements for the first intake of students, which will start in February 2011.