ShadowTech is an innovative programme to ensure teachers and students have first-hand insight into the New Zealand tech industry.
ShadowTech has been running since 2014 where the first ShadowTech day gave girls in years 9-11 the chance to shadow a tech professional for a day. In 2021 the ShadowTech program evolved to focus on secondary school teachers to widen the impact of the programme. Learn more about ShadowTech Students.
The 2022 ShadowTech Teachers and Mentoring programme will connect up to 200 secondary school teachers and career advisors from New Zealand schools with high proportions of Pacific learners to the technology sector. New research shows that less than three percent of the New Zealand tech workforce are Pacific people, so it is vital that Pacific students are supported to gain digital skills and encouraged to pursue tech careers in New Zealand’s fastest growing and highest paying industry.
Through a hands-on half day of shadowing a tech professional in their work environment, teachers will gain insight into the jobs that exist within the technology industry and will be armed with real-life knowledge on how they can support students to pursue tech careers.
New to the programme in 2022, ShadowTech Teachers will incorporate a mentoring component to enable an on-going relationship between teachers and the tech professionals they shadowed.
ShadowTech has joined TechHub and 123Tech as an integrated school outreach programme offered by the tech sector, a partnership between IT Professionals and NZTech. This integrated programme is delivered by IT Professionals. Learn more.
ShadowTech Teachers will run March – June 2022.