Last week Don and I received the email below:
For Attention Victoria Maclennan & Don Christie,I am writing to you as Co-Chairs of NZRise to seek your feedback about a problem that is occurring not only for me, but for many of my friends. I, along with many others I know, am a recent IT graduate looking for my first role in the IT sector. What I have found for the past four months is that every job I apply for I have been turned down, not because I don’t have the right behaviour, attitude or personal qualities, but because they are all looking for someone with at least two years experience. Yet we are continuously hearing from both government and the media that there is a huge shortage of IT professionals in New Zealand.My question is: Why aren’t New Zealand businesses being encouraged to take on new graduates? They don’t appear to be willing to put any time or effort into developing the next wave of talent. Today I counted 45 rejection emails for graduate and junior development roles (not counting the ones who haven’t replied), every single one for the reason of “needs more experience”. I have received feedback from many of these places that my attitude, communication, willingness to learn and other various interpersonal skills are all there. I am 23 and have previous work experience in the civil engineering industry as a technician, so while I am looking for an entry level IT job I have other transferrable experience. I have good references and these still don’t appear to be enough.I am very interested in your thoughts on why there is such a mismatch between government and media reporting and the reality for myself and many of my friends and study colleges.I look forward to your reply,Yours sincerely,CameronWellington
Is there a shortage of skilled Digital and Technology workers in our local market or not?
The Ema 2016 survey of employers said 53 per cent of employers found it difficult to recruit, up 9 per cent from last year. The survey said their was an 11 per cent increase in recruiting overseas, a process that 47 per cent of employers found difficult.
Why aren’t New Zealand businesses being encouraged to take on new graduates?
Nearly half of the jobs in New Zealand are at high risk of automation.
Marriott took 88 years to get to 697,000 rooms – Airbnb took four years to get to 650,000 rooms.
Unlike other industries Digital and Technology does not have an industry wide format for bringing new graduates into the workforce, there are no apprenticeship style programmes providing employers with a structured approach to adopting new tertiary graduates into their workforce. Equally there are limited options for school leavers looking to take an alternative pathway into the Digital and Technology space.
Small steps – Digital Skills Forum
With my NZRise hat on I chair the Digitial Skills Forum, a cross industry, cross agency working group focused on
- sizing and gaining insight into these challenges via an Evidence and Data workstream,
- providing input into our Education systems to assist with preparing for a Digital and Technology led future,
- using Industry led challenges as input towards Immigration attraction activities and
- most relevant to Cameron’s email, focusing on vocational development and Professional Pathways.
The Professional Pathways workstream has been formulated specifically to address the following key issue:
- Identifying entry and pathways to the digital sector
The specific scope of this work is:
- Establishing and mapping career pathways both into and within the sector;
- Exploring and enabling alternative delivery models for ongoing career and professional development;
- Encouraging the use of a common skills framework (such as the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA)) to assist in defining skills requirements and developing programmes that can help to develop and deliver these requirements.
Where to for Cameron?
A co-ordinated approach is needed here to secure a strong economic future for New Zealand.