Create a movement to raise public awareness of the different opportunities available to young New Zealanders outside the traditional tertiary education framework. The purpose of this is two-fold, to help equip young New Zealanders for the future of work, and, to help kiwi businesses fill the current skills gap for technology-based roles.
This movement has been developed under the NZTalent brand and was kicked off with the Open Letter to New Zealand in 2017. The letter was a declaration from over 210 businesses that across a range of skills based roles, they would consider all applicants regardless of qualification. This started a national conversation around the various possible pathways to success in the workforce.
Under the NZTalent banner, the Panel are about to launch phase 2, #CareersAdvice. This is a new website hosting a free suite of video content from the Open Letter signatories. In these videos, individuals from signatory businesses provide tips and helpful advice to young New Zealanders making decisions regarding their skills development. It is hoped that this insight will be used to help inform young kiwi's decisions on pathways taken following high school.