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 one to navigate and chat through with your students. There are loads of different pathways and options in tech (it’s not just about coding!) and its one sector that is forever evolving.

How does ShadowTech Teachers work?

You will be paired up with a fellow teacher or career advisor either from your own school or local area, visiting the workplace of a tech professional who will talk you through their role and career to date, as well as covering off what skills and qualifications are generally required to enter the tech industry.

This will be an interactive, informal session so come armed with your questions. Use this opportunity to pick the brains of a tech guru and take your knowledge back to the classroom!

Some of the types of IT professionals you may visit (in a wide range of business types) 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 else is in it for me?

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

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

We hope it will bridge the gap in knowledge between teachers and careers advisors and give you first hand knowledge of the pathways that exist, or the skills required to do the jobs in the current or future workplace. 

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 register?

To register your interest in the ShadowTech Teachers programme, please fill out this form.

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 interested, it will be dependent on availability within 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.