The Australian Institute of ICT is led by an experienced leadership team in the IT education industry. Discover our team below.
Jon Lang – CEO, DDLS
Jon is an accomplished leader with a strong passion for education and a drive for building successful and sustainable businesses. Jon is CEO of DDLS and brings with him extensive experience at the executive level. Jon is tasked with supporting the AIICT team to drive towards an innovative and successful future.
Before joining DDLS, Jon’s roles have included CEO at Upskilled and finance roles at Crowe Horwath and UBS. During his eight-year stint with Upskilled, the business grew to be one of the largest fee-for-service RTOs in Australia with over 20,000 students trained.
Jon is a regular speaker at educational conferences on topics such as growing education businesses through the development of unique partnership models. Jon has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Sydney, majoring in Finance and Corporations Law. He also holds a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance from the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.
Sally McDonough – General Manager
Sally is passionate about her academic journey and what she can do with it.
She has over ten years of experience in the Australian Education Industry, both
government and corporate and helping individuals reach their career goals.
A dedicated academic and enthusiast, she prioritizes the impact that she can give to various individuals, businesses, and the economy. Sally is excited about an increasing number of individuals taking control of their careers and upskilling to take on new responsibilities, or move into new fields, and to improve their job security, career opportunities and lifestyle – especially in the current environment.
Being the General Managers at AIICT, her focus is to lead and support her team to continuously provide quality, flexible, and in demand training courses to meet the needs of the ever-changing market. Sally is an excellent team member and a huge asset to AIICT as she ensures her team’s success.
Shanil Sharma – Training Manager
Shanil is a highly successful leader with strong business acumen and has the demonstrated ability to deliver unparalleled service in relation to Training and Project Management. With a plethora of in-depth experience within the Information Technology Industry, Shanil has been operating as a Project/Training Manager and embodying a unique approach to vocational education and training for almost two decades. Shanil offers modern leadership in the development of teaching methods and practices, effectively enhancing the long-term sustainability of the AIICT VET Program along with establishing links to both community stakeholders and the broader industry.
Shanil spent six years as the National Faculty Manager with ACTE Group, leading multiple projects from inception to completion, continually delivering high-quality learning, and providing training and assessment services throughout Australia. Shanil encouraged and led various collaborative partnerships nationally, planned, developed and executed Training Strategies across diverse projects, and enhanced the overall resources, faculty expansion recruitment and internal needs analysis of the faculty. As the Project Manager with the National Training & Productivity Centre of Fiji National University, Shanil was actively involved in managing the Information Technology courses affiliation with Western Sydney Institute. Along with his educational qualifications and further professional training certifications, Shanil has completed a Master’s Degree in Project Management from Southern Cross University.
Michael Crump – Marketing and Recruitment Manager
Michael is an accomplished and result orientated Senior Marketing Executive with extensive experience in the Education and Training sectors. Michael is tasked with developing the AIICT brand, developing and implementing the Strategic Marketing Plan and is the driving force behind the student journey. Michael is passionate about using technology to its fullest potential to drive business efficiencies, growth and to improve the customer experience.
Prior to joining AIICT, Michael was the General Manager, Marketing and Business Development at Upskilled, one of Australia’s leading VET Providers. During his 8 years tenure at Upskilled, Michael was responsible for developing an industry leading Marketing and Sales engine and was an integral member of their senior leadership, assisting them in becoming one of the largest RTO’s in Australia. Prior to this Michael led the Domestic Marketing efforts at Study Group (career education division) with stewardship of the Martin College, ACPE and AIAS brands. Michael also held Senior Marketing positions at The University of Sydney.
Michael holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of Wollongong, and a Master of Business (Marketing) from the University of Sydney.
Aline Kokotovic – Lead trainer
Aline is an enthusiastic vocation trainer ready to share real world knowledge accumulated during her 20 years’ experience working in IT.
Aline’s career in IT has taken her around Asia Pacific, working with organizations to implement projects, upgrade technology and migrate data centers. She has started her career in technical support, and has successfully progressed through project implementation, infrastructure solution design, to leading technical architecture teams.
The technical skills she has acquired over the years are now used to train the new generation of IT professionals. A key part of her teaching is to stress the importance of not only the technical skills but also the soft skills required to become a key player in the modern organization.
Aline holds a Bachelor of Science in Computing Science from the University of Technology Sydney and many industry certifications that she keeps current and updated in an ever-changing technology industry.
Mirka Vargova – Marketing and Communication Executive
Mirka is an excellent communicator and dedicated Marketing Specialist. Experience is Mirka’s prominent skill and ability, with over 10 years in Online Marketing skills and over 5 years of eCommerce skills. She also has a lot of various marketing skills in different industries; from pumps, lights, and anything included to the current education industry. Her love and enthusiasm for building practical websites and an eye for the busy traffic of social media fully show her passion.
She completed her education and Central Queensland University as a bachelor of business and marketing. Mirka spent almost 5 years in Leading Edge Retail Australia as a Digital Marketing Coordinator and an eCommerce Project Manager later.
Always at the top and continuously delivering, Mirka provided high-quality plans and successes piling on top of successes. Dedicated to herself and everyone, she is an excellent strategic thinker with the goal of long-term success. A professional at heart and with a lot of experience, her position as a Marketing and Communication Executive at AIICT is invaluable.
Her fluency in Slovak, Czech, Polish, German, and lastly English provides her with an opportunity for a broad range of clients. A lot of things can be said for Mirka but, one thing remains at the top of the list. ” Determined and focused on the tasks at hand, her work ethic is astounding. “
Luci Setoue – Digital Product Manager
Luci is an excellent problem solver.
Her keen eye for detail and data allows her to make the most informed decisions and solutions, converting complex and detailed analytic reports to excellent insights and performance optimization. Maximizing odds and perfecting performance or decisions is Luci’s invaluable skill. Her position as the Digital Product Manager at DDLS allows her to maximize her talents and her teammates’ performance.
Luci graduated from Universidade Anhembi Morumbi, achieving her Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA, Business). Luci has almost nine years’ worth of experience under her name, ranging from procurement and management.
Luci’s communication skills and project commitment are some of her best traits. Most people that have worked with her have a lot of positive things to say about her. From capitalizing on opportunities and persistence to do what’s right.
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A BALANCED APPROACH TO TRAINING WITH DDLS
DDLS is Australia’s largest provider of corporate IT and process training, with the widest portfolio of strategic partners and courses in Australia. For more than 25 years, DDLS has been an award-winning non-accredited training provider, spanning across Australia and into Asia.
DDLS partners with world-class companies to help organisations and individuals in the IT industry remain up-to-date with new processes, technology and platforms to reduce risk and enable efficient business practices.
GAIN A COMPETITIVE EDGE WITH THE MICROSOFT AZURE
Azure Dev Tools for Teaching provides developer tools and learning resources that students need to build their cloud-based skills. It also allows students to build, deploy, and manage applications with comprehensive Azure cloud services. Whether you’re a student getting started, or just interested in building cloud-based skills in your community, this platform has got the cloud development resources you need. Azure based tools and environments are profoundly used during the AIICT learning cycle and assist the students in becoming familiar with the Microsoft Azure environment utilised in the IT industry.
Specifically designed around building your expertise in today’s most popular technologies, the Microsoft Imagine Academy is focused on helping you to gain Microsoft Certification, a globally recognised credential that will give you a distinctive edge in the competitive job market.
GLOBALLY RECOGNISED CERTIFICATIONS TO PUT YOU AHEAD OF THE COMPETITION
For our Certified Cybersecurity Professional course offering, AIICT has partnered with the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA). CompTIA is the leading provider of vendor-neutral IT certifications in the world. These certifications are accredited by International Organisation for Standardisation and the American National Standards Institute (ISO/ANSI)
CONNECTING THE HUMANS OF DEVOPS
Partners of DevOps Institute represent an exclusive group of organizations who have gone through the rigor & investment in supporting the advancement of the Humans of DevOps. Partners represent a crucial pillar in enabling individuals & organizations to equip them for DevOps success.
THE GLOBAL AUTHORITY ON DIGITAL MARKETING CAPABILITY
Digital Marketing Institute (DMI) is the world leader in digital marketing skills development with a proven track record in transforming the skills of digital professionals to help build successful careers and promote continuous learning, to shape the workforce of the future.
BE MORE THAN CLOUD TRAINED. GET AWS CERTIFIED
Amazon Web Services (AWS) helps learners build credibility and confidence by validating their expertise with an industry recognised credential, and organisations identify skills professionals to leave initiatives using AWS. AIICT partnered with AWS to provide beginner-friendly certification for our Cloud Computing Certified Professional course and curated content for the Certified Artificial Intelligence Professional course. AWS is a comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform that will allow students to innovate, experiment and iterate.
GLOBAL ACCREDITATION BODY FOR SCRUM AND AGILE CERTIFICATIONS
Scrum is one of the most popular Agile methodologies. It is an adaptive, iterative, fast, flexible, and effective methodology designed to deliver significant value quickly and throughout a project. Scrum ensures transparency in communication and creates an environment of collective accountability and continuous progress. The Scrum framework, as defined in the SBOK® Guide, is structured in such a way that it supports product and service development in all types of industries and in any type of project, irrespective of its complexity.
BUILDING VICTORIA’S DIGITAL WORKFORCE
DDLS and the Australian Institute of ICT (AIICT) were recently successful in becoming an approved training provider of the Victorian Digital Jobs Program which is a 6-month program that takes experienced mid-career Victorians and helps them transition into digital careers.
TRANSITION TO A MEANINGFUL CAREER IN TECH
Microsoft and AIICT are committed to empowering transitioning Australian Defence Force (ADF) service members and former serving/already separated members through relevant training that leads to meaningful careers in tech.