Council helping internship plan to find young high-tech talent

News from WCC
The Wellington City Council has a new partnership with Summer of Tech – an award winning programme that helps Wellington businesses source top talent from local tertiary institutions, while giving students valuable real-world industry experience.

Since 2006 Summer of Tech has facilitated 357 paid tech internships, helping to bridge the gap between tertiary education and high tech sector demand for skills and talent to deliver digital projects that the engine of our city’s economic growth.

Councillor Jo Coughlan, Chair of Council’s Economic Growth and Arts committee, says that supporting Summer of Tech through the Wellington Economic Initiatives Development Fund (WEID) will help the programme build on previous successes and continue to contribute to Wellington’s long term economic growth goals.

“Summer of Tech is an enabler of innovation, making it easier for Wellington employers to bring in fresh talent, energy and perspectives to work on high tech projects. We are focussed on making Wellington an easy place to do high tech business and growing the local talent pool is a big part of this.”

John Clegg, founder of Summer of Tech, says that focus of the programme is on working with employers to make it easier for them to find the right graduate.

“We’re excited to be working with Wellington City Council to take Summer of Tech to the next level. We’re looking forward to showcasing the talents of our students and help them start their careers with some of the best companies in the Wellington region.”

The Summer of Tech programme launch will be held on Tuesday July 22 at 5.30 to 7 pm at Macs Brewbar & Restaurant, 4 Taranaki Street, Wellington. Companies interested in attending or being part of the Summer of Tech programme should contact Cath Randall at Grow Wellington or Pamela Ward via the Summer of Tech website.

News from Grow Wellington
The success of the Summer of Tech student internship programme has seen it extended to Wellington manufacturing businesses this year.

Summer of Tech was established in Wellington in 2006 to connect students with local technology companies. Since then 65% of students involved have gone into employment with businesses (or related businesses) in which they were interns. Last year, 32 companies took on 71 interns through the programme.

The programme has been extended this year to include manufacturing companies looking to incorporate technology into their products along with software development companies from the Wellington region.

“Manufacturing companies increasingly use a high level of technology. Teaming up innovative businesses with interns to work on new projects is a great way to help both companies and students,” says Adrian Gregory, General Manager of Innovation and Workforce for Grow Wellington.

Thirteen technology companies from the Wellington region appeared in last year’s TIN100, which measures the performance of New Zealand’s largest export-focused technology companies. “We want to ensure growth and innovation continues in the sector,” says Mr Gregory.

John Clegg, founder and director of Summer of Tech, said he was excited to be working with Grow Wellington to streamline the programme for the manufacturing sector.

“Our focus at Summer of Tech is to make it easier for employers to find the right graduate. We’re looking forward to showcasing the talents of our students and help them start their careers in manufacturing.”

Following interest from other parts of the country, this year’s Summer of Tech programme also includes a pilot involving Auckland businesses.

Companies interested in attending or being part of the Summer of Tech programme should contact Cath Randall at Grow Wellington.

www.summeroftech.co.nz

Background information

Grow Wellington have been working with Summer of Tech since the programme began in 2006.

Through the programme, companies obtain student interns for 10 weeks between November and February. Prospective students take part in CV clinics, site visits and boot camps throughout the year to prepare them for future employment.

The majority of students work on 10-week projects in software development, however, increasingly businesses are taking on students for projects in mobile and web development, testing, support, analytics, business analysis and design.

Students taking part are mainly from Victoria and Massey universities, WelTec, Whitireia, and Yoobee.

 

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