When people ask me why I wanted to start New Future IT and provide support and pathways for Indigenous young people, I tell them to take a look at my own life. As an Indigenous man from Darwin, coming from the Mutpburra and Limingun people, I am passionate about the Northern Territory and about IT. When I was younger, I had a dream to work in IT, and it took me a long time, and a lot of hard work and determination to carve myself out a space as an ICT industry professional.
Along the way I realised that there were so many barriers stopping people like me from achieving success, particularly Indigenous people. While I worked very hard to get where I am, I also recognise that others may not have been given the same opportunities that I was given, and may never have realised their own dreams of working in the ICT industry.
When another opportunity presented itself to start an Indigenous business focused on IT, I decided I wanted to take it one step further. As well as offering a high quality IT service, I also wanted to provide Indigenous youth an opportunity to learn more about IT, and perhaps even embark on their own careers as IT professionals.
My intention with New Future IT is to create a strong community of clients who benefit from the knowledge and efficiency of our talented team of IT experts, while at the same time creating real-world training environments for young Indigenous people in the ICT industry. As our trainees gain invaluable experience through our hands-on training, support and resources, our clients can rest assured that no matter their IT problem or need, we can solve it. In the long term, New Future IT is working towards building an Indigenous technical team that will extend far beyond the borders of the Northern Territory, offering a wide range of knowledge and providing appropriate and results-driven solutions to any IT problem.
It was my dream in starting New Future IT that I could make the road towards a career in IT just a little bit easier for another Indigenous young person, and I hope you’ll join me on that journey and help to create some bright futures for a really bright bunch of young people.