Readify has put together a two-year graduate program for university leavers to train in a real working environment in the areas of development and programming, design and data analysis.In an attempt to\naddress the skills shortage in some of these areas, and the need for graduates to have practical experience, Readify will recruit four candidates\nto firstly work in its managed services team alongside a mentor for\nthree months. They will then be apply their skills by shadowing\nconsultants on client sites.The course is free\nfor select candidates, with most of it focusing on practical\nexperience.\u201cThe\nindustry needs to step up to overhaul the way we train our talent,\npost graduation, in the same way other professions such as legal and\naccounting tackle this issue," said Readify's managing director, Graeme Strange."This will help ensure IT professionals\nmaintain the right skills to tackle innovation challenges and the\ndisruption occurring in many industries through emerging technologies,\nlike the Internet of Things and big data. Not to mention the next\nwave of disruptive technologies like robotics and holographics." The\ncompany is also talking to universities to help shape their curriculum so\nthat students are more 'industry ready' when they graduate.\u201cA Bachelor\u2019s degree can only partly equip you for the workplace, and it becomes even more acute in the tech sphere where skills rapidly become obsolete. Universities struggle to keep up, and it\u2019s obviously incredibly challenging to continually update a curriculum to remain relevant,\u201d said Strange.The\ncandidates that Readify is looking for need to show they\nhave a \u201cbigger mindset\u201d in terms of finding new ways to solve\nproblems and contributing ideas and thoughts to innovations. Candidates\nneed to solve a code puzzle challenge first, then submit their resume, with a\ncouple of rounds of interviews. \u201cWhile\nReadify recruits candidates from around the world, we feel it is also\nour responsibility to invest in, and grow, local talent. Australians\nwill always be strong consumers of technology but we need to\nencourage a new generation of \u2018creators\u2019 of technology,\u201d\nStrange said.