Developing innovative and 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 have an urgent need for more people with skills in areas like digital technology, engineering, food technology, and science.
Many young New Zealanders just aren't aware of the full spectrum of career paths that are available, and may have quite outdated ideas about the sort of people working in these industries and the types of roles they do. Futureintech addresses this problem by training volunteeers from industry to effectively share their experiences in schools.
Futureintech has been funded by the government since 2003 to promote a wide range of different technology, engineering and science-rich careers. Our work complements programmes run by individual professional bodies such as the ITP, NZIFST and the IET.
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Who are Ambassadors?
Authentic experiences are the best way to engage and inspire young people, so Futureintech recruits and trains people who already work in technology, engineering and science-related industries to promote their industry. These Ambassadors visit schools to share their stories, run simple activities and mentor project teams.
Ambassador Handbook: who we recruit >>
Who already supports Futureintech?
As well as securing the future supply of qualified workers, supporting Futureintech provides other benefits for industry. These benefits include raising the local and national profile of participating companies and organisations, building community relationships, and enhancing the personal and professional development of early career employees.
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Why be an Ambassador?
Being an Ambassador is a great way to give back to the community, make sure young people know about the opportunities available to them, and see your work from a new perspective. Plus you'll get lots of opportunities to develop your public speaking skills and learn how to pitch presentations to non-specialist audiences.
Ambassador Handbook: the benefits of taking part >>