On 16 October 2005, the Prime Minister, the Hon John Howard MP presented WorkVentures and Microsoft with the Prime Minister's Award for Excellence in the category of Community Business Partnerships, Longevity. WorkVentures' partnership with Microsoft began in 1986, and is still going strong.
WorkVentures was Microsoft's first community partner in Australia, working with our Sydney ITeC Repair Centre (SIRC). Since 1986, Microsoft has supported not only SIRC, but also a range of other projects including the development of vocational training courses, the establishment of our Connect Centres, the development of the Work and You website for job seekers, and most recently our i.settle.with.it program for migrant and refugee job seekers.
In 2005 Microsoft launched its Microsoft Unlimited Potential program, which aims to improve computer literacy among members of the community regardless of their age, background, education or location, through software donation, education and training, and access to technology. WorkVentures is one of Microsoft's community partners in this program.
WorkVentures is also a Microsoft Registered Refurbisher, allowing us to load Windows and Microsoft Office software onto refurbished computers as a key part of our Connect IT low cost PC program. This program recently celebrated the delivery of its 20,000th low cost PC.
WorkVentures and Microsoft continue to work together, with mutually supportive objectives of connecting Australians and using technology as a means of improving lives and communities.