The Futureintech programme's main focus is on bringing people who already work in technology, engineering and science-related industries into schools. By sharing their experiences and pathways, we can inspire young New Zealanders to explore careers in areas where there is strong demand for people with the right skills.
Developing innovative, high value industries, providing communities with better facilities and infrastructure, and protecting our environment are important for New Zealand's future. To achieve these goals, we need more people with skills in areas such as digital and food technology, engineering and science.
At the same time, many young New Zealanders are missing out on satisfying and well-paid career opportunities because they don't know what they are or how to get into them.
Careers in technology, engineering and science are among the most exciting, varied and rewarding possible. They offer opportunities to travel, discover and create new things, work in teams and really make a difference.
The Futureintech programme was created to provide authentic information and change perceptions about careers in technology, engineering and science.
Our main focus is on bringing people who are already working in the technology, engineering and science-based industries into classrooms so that they can share their stories. We call them Futureintech Ambassadors, because they represent their industry and help build relationships with schools.
Our Facilitators cover most of New Zealand, including Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Hawke's Bay, Taranaki, Wanganui, Manawatu, Wellington, Christchurch, Canterbury and Dunedin. Facilitators work with teachers and careers advisers to identify opportunities for Ambassadors to enhance Maths, Science, Technology and Careers programmes.
Futureintech publishes and distributes a range of flyers, leaflets and brochures, and we also provide information, tertiary study advice and share Ambassadors' stories via our student-focused website.
Futureintech is run by the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ) and funded by the government through Callaghan Innovation and the Ministry for Primary Industries. Our goals are to:
Callaghan Innovation is a new Crown Entity charged with accelerating the commercialisation of innovation by firms in New Zealand. Its focus is to encourage and support businesses to turn their ideas into new products, services and processes faster, and to connect them to the technical services, talent, markets and funding they need to grow.
For more information see www.callaghaninnovation.govt.nz