10 May 2017
International IT graduates connect with industry
Twenty-five international IT graduates discussed work opportunities with local employers, at a April networking event organised by ATEED.
Each of the international graduates delivered a 60-second pitch to the room, followed by an informal networking session to talk further with employers about work opportunities.
The event was organised by ATEED (Auckland Tourism, Events & Economic Development).
The graduates are participating in a 12-week software development boot camp delivered by Industry Connect, an initiative that prepares graduates for the New Zealand IT market. Each student received a full scholarship, thanks to a joint funding agreement between ATEED, ENZ and Immigration New Zealand. Five graduates from the programme have already secured permanent jobs in the tech sector.
Study Auckland Manager, Nick Arnott, said through these networking events, ATEED hopes to retain the best international graduates in the region by promoting skilled employment pathways – particularly in high-growth sectors such as IT.
“It's great to see the graduates throw themselves into networking with employers, and also to see how interested the employers were in hiring diverse talent,” said Nick.
"It really showcased the human side of the work ATEED is doing to transition international graduates into skilled employment.”