ShadowTech Teachers – Mentor Information

Connecting Teachers and Career Advisors to Industry

Why get involved?

As an IT professional, you are working in an ever-evolving industry. This is your opportunity to showcase the tech world and share your knowledge with the goal of helping students make informed decisions about a career in tech.

Teachers and career advisors play a valuable and influential role for their students as they travel through education. They can often guide and inform young people about possible pathways (education and employment) as well as the skills and qualifications that young people might need to be successful in these careers. But unless they have personally worked in the tech industry, it can be a tough one for them to navigate and offer advice on the various pathways available. 

How is this different to ShadowTech?

ShadowTech Teachers has flipped the ShadowTech model on its head to target the influencers of students – namely the secondary school teachers and career advisors.

If you were previously involved in the ShadowTech programme as a mentor, you’ll need to be mindful to adjust your agenda to suit the adult audience.

How does ShadowTech Teachers work?

We will arrange for two local teachers/career advisors to visit your workplace for half a day. During the time you have together, you should develop an agenda that suits your organisation. We recommend you talk them through your role and career to date, and potentially have a range of people across your organisation do the same. Some organisations may choose to showcase their technology through demonstrations or presentations. While for others, a site visit or tour may be an option. We also want the teachers/career advisors to understand the type of skills and qualifications that are generally required to enter the tech industry.

This will be an interactive, informal session where we would like the teachers/career advisors to have ample opportunity to ask questions.

What should I talk to the teachers about?

We welcome your own take and originality on material but generally speaking these are the types of areas to cover off:

  • Insight into the range of roles (jobs) within your organisation (this may vary for large and small employers).
  • Thoughts on the foundational skills young people need to have to work in the tech industry.
  • The possible academic and education pathways that could be important for students.
  • The soft/employability skills young people need to be ready for the workforce.
  • What the future of a tech workplace may look like and the opportunities that might be available for students.

What else is in it for me?

ShadowTech Teachers is also a great opportunity to build an ongoing relationship between your organisation and the school to help provide benefits and connections in the future such as:

  • school visits
  • site visits for students
  • experiences for students
  • work experience.

Where is ShadowTech Teachers running?

We are currently looking to run the programme in the following regions: Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin, Rotorua, Palmerston North, Tauranga. However, if you are located outside of these areas and are interested in being a part of the programme please let us know. Depending on resources and interest we may be able to extend our reach.

How do I get involved?

If you would like to become involved in the ShadowTech Teachers as a mentor, please fill out this form to register your interest.

Please note: By completing the form you are submitting a registration of interest only. While we hope to be able to deliver this programme to all regions, it will be dependent on interested numbers in your area. 



ShadowTech Teachers will be running February 22-26 2021.

There may still be spaces available your area. Please contact us if you would like to participate.