ICT-Connect in Schools: Call for Hamilton Presenters
Do you want to make a difference to the next generation?
Keen to help make a difference to the future of New Zealand?
In partnership with over 40 companies and organisations, IITP is very proud to announce the next phase of ICT-Connect in Schools. And now we need your help!
ICT-Connect is the IT industry's in-school programme to increase the visibility and desirability of a career in IT, and we're now calling for Expressions of Interest for those keen to contribute a little time presenting to the next generation in schools in Hamilton and surrounding areas.
Our industry has a serious perception problem, and it's time we did something about it.
Many students in schools either think our profession is about hacking code in a dark basement, using technology like word processors or phones, or worst still, have no idea whatsoever. If we're serious about addressing the major skills shortage in our sector, permanently, we need to change this perception and that's where ICT-Connect comes in.
Our young people in NZ are influenced by their peers, care-givers, teachers and media in their career choices. Many have been exposed to "technology" from a very young age and are significant users of technology but remain unaware of the raft of potential opportunities in our profession.
You and I both know how interesting, challenging, rewarding and diverse our industry really is. We know there's a great future in IT, lots of jobs, good money, worldwide opportunity and something for everyone. And ICT-Connect is about you telling your story to the next generation, face to face, in schools.
The programme developed from a huge number of requests from schools for just that - industry engagement and passionate professionals like you coming and talking about what you do and what you think about it.
So if you're in IT and love what you do, we need your help to make a difference to the future of New Zealand!
When and where?
IITP are looking for ICT Professionals to present in schools over the coming months in Hamilton.
However if you're outside this area, don't despair! ICT-Connect will also be running in Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Wanganui, Tauranga and Hawkes Bay this year. No matter where you are in NZ if you're keen to be a part of this programme please do sign up!
Registering your interest
Keen to help us make a difference by talking in schools about what you do?
Anyone can sign up, however preference will be given to IITP Members, staff of IITP and ICT-Connect Partners and members of partner associations Health IT Cluster, SoftwareNZ and InternetNZ.
What if I have already Registered
If you have already registered and taken part during 2012, we will be in touch very soon with details of this years programme very soon. If you regsisted and havent taken part, we will be in contact with you soon about the next presenters evening in your area.
IITP is partnering with the Health IT Cluster, SoftwareNZ and InternetNZ for the delivery of ICT-Connect. These organisations are doing more than just talking about the problem - they're actively contributing to the solution.
The following diverse list of companies are also financially supporting this programme and New Zealand's hi-tech future. ICT-Connect simply wouldn't be happening without their support:
IITP ICT-Connect in Schools Team
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