February 29, 2024

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New Zealand Ministry of Education launches tech programme for teachers

The New Zealand Ministry of Education and a partner tech firm are taking teachers, the key influencers of students, inside tech companies to see various tech procedures and projects.

The programme not only aims to educate the teachers on technology, but also for them to pass on the newly acquired knowledge to their students who are inclined to digital means of learning during home quarantines and lockdowns brought by COVID-19. The event follows up from the tech developers programme for girls which has taken place in recent years, putting hundreds of schoolgirls into top tech teams in top IT and financial companies for a day.

For the tech developers, this is also an opportunity to showcase the tech world and for teachers to return to the classroom and lay a path for students to get more into the IT world after graduation. The event enables teachers to understand how to connect their local digital technology curriculum with real-world experience, and what is required to work in the tech ecosystem. This claim is further bolstered by the COVID-19 pandemic which hastened the shift from traditional ways of teaching to a mostly digital method.

The Digital Skills for our Digital Future survey that the tech company conducted, found declining levels of student interest in computer science subjects. Over the past five years, the number of students doing The National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) technology standards has been decreasing by 2% a year. Contrarily, the tech sector is New Zealand’s fastest-growing sector creating thousands of new, well-paid jobs every year with a national median salary now close to NZ$ 100,000.\

OpenGov Asia reported on how the NZ domestic tech sector is facing a serious shortage of skilled staff in the face of this strong job growth that is generating thousands of new tech jobs. With the digital technology roles on the rise every year, the decline in local student participation is an issue.

For the Chief Executive of the tech company, most teachers in school have had no exposure to digital tech jobs making it hard to teach the digital technology curriculum amid the age of the COVID-19 pandemic. He also added that almost 80% of digital tech teachers in schools have never worked or experienced how tech is used in industry, so it is difficult for them to inspire and motivate students to follow a career in tech unless they know more about it.

Attendees will learn first-hand how tech is used today across industries and is part of most careers. Teachers who experience the programme will be able to talk to students about how important collaboration and other soft skills like communication are for tech roles and be able to give them real examples of what they have experienced. The programme will give teachers an insight into a practical application of computational thinking, how computer science principles are relevant in the real world and real-world development practices.

At the same time, educators will also see that there is so much more than just software programming in leading tech teams, opening opportunities for a wide range of students from creatives and people-centric students right through to data experts. As a result, the government and the tech developer are expecting to see more students considering careers in digital technology which will help improve the long-term flow of Kiwi talent into the tech sector.

The tech programme is being held in different cities in New Zealand such as Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin, Rotorua, Palmerston North and Tauranga. This is just one of several collaborative initiatives between the tech sector and the Ministry of Education to help provide opportunities for students to get prepared for a purely digital future.

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Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.

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CTC Global Singapore, a premier end-to-end IT solutions provider, is a fully owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC) and ITOCHU Corporation.

Since 1972, CTC has established itself as one of the country’s top IT solutions providers. With 50 years of experience, headed by an experienced management team and staffed by over 200 qualified IT professionals, we support organizations with integrated IT solutions expertise in Autonomous IT, Cyber Security, Digital Transformation, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Well-known for our strengths in system integration and consultation, CTC Global proves to be the preferred IT outsourcing destination for organizations all over Singapore today.

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SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.

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HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 

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IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.

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