ShadowTech Teachers – Teacher Information

Connecting Teachers and Career Advisors to Industry

Why get involved?

As teachers and career advisors, you play a valuable and influential role for your students as they move through education trying to work out the best vocational pathway for them.

But unless you have personally worked in the tech industry, it can be a tough to know exactly how to guide students to best prepare them for tech careers. There are loads of different pathways and options in tech (it’s not just about coding!) and its one sector that is forever evolving.

Teachers from schools with a high proportions of Pacific learners are being invited to participate in the 2022 edition of ShadowTech Teachers.  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.

How does ShadowTech Teachers work?

You will be paired up with a fellow teacher either from your own school or local area with a local tech professional who will be your mentor.

You will meet with your mentor online for a couple of virtual mentoring sessions during Term One and Term Two. These sessions will give you the chance to learn about your mentor’s career and ask any questions you have about careers in the tech industry.

In June, if the Covid Protection Framework permits, you will have the opportunity to visit the workplace of your mentor so you can see their role in action.

We will review this closer to the time, and will offer another alternative if the visits cannot take place.

Some of the types of IT professionals you may be matched with include:

  • Business Analyst
  • Project Manager
  • Sales and Marketing Professional
  • Service Desk Engineer
  • Software Developer
  • Systems Analyst
  • Test Analyst
  • User Experience Designer 
  • Solution Architect

What will you learn that you can pass onto your students?

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

What does the mentoring involve?

In the past, the ShadowTech Teachers consisted only of the half-day shadowing visit. We have recognised that there is a lot of value for the teacher and the mentor to extend the programme to include some on-going mentoring engagements.

This is a unique opportunity for you to have a tech industry mentor to learn from so you can evolve your knowledge and understanding of the tech industry and apply this to how you support your students.  

Covid restrictions means that in 2022 the virtual mentoring will be the first part of the ShadowTech Teachers programme. 

You can expect to:

  • Have at least two online mentoring sessions over the course of the four months (March – June 2022), as agreed between you and your mentor.
  • Have your mentoring focus on the questions you would like answered.  

To get the most out of mentoring, you’re expected to:

  • In advance of your first mentoring session, consider what big relevant question you have as a teacher that your mentor might be able to help answer or work through.
  • Take responsibility for your learning and growth by driving the mentoring process. Your mentor is committed to your success, but they won’t be chasing you. You’ll need to get in touch with them to set up the sessions and the agenda.
  • Show up to mentoring sessions prepared, present and focused. Be real, vulnerable and tell the truth. Growing is not easy and it can feel challenging at times. The more you are willing to lean in, the more you will get out of your mentoring.
  • Complete a short form outlining your mentoring engagements. 


Registrations for the 2022 edition of ShadowTech Teachers have now closed.