An open letter signed by hundreds of businesses from industries nationwide has detailed a desire to refocus national education on teaching Kiwi kids skills that will make them job-ready, not university-ready. The letter, entitled 'NZ Talent', stipulates an ongoing commitment from the enrolled businesses, including tech industry names like Spark and IT Engine Limited, to offer greater consideration to candidates with no tertiary degree.1
The NZ Talent letter has significant consequences for numerous industries, including IT and digital technology. The types of people employed will likely change, leading to greater focus on affording equal opportunities to IT talent with other forms of qualification and experience-based pathways.
Do I need a tertiary degree to get an IT job?
A shift in mindset about the importance of a tertiary degree in finding a job in IT and digital technology is supported by a rise in enrollments in non-university courses. A recent report indicates that international student enrollments in the Technology and Polytechnic (ITP) sector increased yearly between 2013-2015.2
Similarly, dedicated bodies like Future in Tech New Zealand are working to ensure students are aware of the pathways available to them in seeking a career. Bridging courses offer excellent opportunities for workers with an IT aptitude to fill a qualifications gap between secondary and tertiary education, while other Private Establishment (PTE) courses offer international IT talent the chance to gain New Zealand-relevant accreditation and experience.
Filling the gap in IT talent in New Zealand is key – digital tech is identified as being one of the industries suffering from a long-term lack of skilled employees.3 Evening the playing field for IT talent without a costly tertiary qualification is thus a vital step – and made easier with specialised IT recruitment help.
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920 Career Agents offer specialised recruitment for IT talent looking to land their dream role in New Zealand. Client focused and backed with years of experience, we blend matching the right IT skills with the right company culture to make sure each party is happy. NZ Talent represents an opportunity for employers to expand their horizons in looking for their next IT superstar, outside the limiting requirements of a tertiary degree.
International student enrollments in in the Technology and Polytechnic (ITP) sector increased yearly between 2013-2015, revealing a change in the value placed on tertiary education alternatives.
If you are looking for your new dream role in IT, the doors of opportunity may soon be blown open, with major employers joining the NZ Talent initiative every day. Finding the right digital tech role to suit your background is made easier with specialist recruitment advice – go on, contact our team today. You don't need to qualify yourself to us!
1– Business Scoop media release.
2– NZ Education report on national secondary and tertiary education.
3– NZ Immigration skills shortage fact sheet.