Training tomorrow’s CIOs
Raue says organisations need to play a bigger role in ensuring students get work experience in information technology.
The onus is on us to make sure we are not just telling universities we need 20 more engineers. We need to give them opportunities.
“There is nothing worse than leaving tertiary education and trying to get a job. We interview these people and we say ‘You haven’t got the experience.’ How are they supposed to get the experience? The onus is on us, as well, to make sure we are not just telling universities we need 20 more engineers. We need to give them opportunities.”
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Ambrose discloses that Vector has graduate programmes for engineers, because if they come out of university and are challenged to find job, “We are going to lose them overseas. We want to keep them for two years especially IT graduates.”
Raue says Air New Zealand has a partnership with Unitec, whose students work part time for the airline’s call centre. The students get a good work experience, and Air New Zealand is investigating further with IBM, their partner in the project, on extending the work to include more IT generic skill set.
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