Dunedin-based technology company ADInstruments has joined
a new tuition fund to train software developers and help
address the critical shortage of IT talent in New Zealand.
Funding of up to $12,500 will be available for students who
enrol in the Enspiral Dev Academy, with two or four places
being held open for Otago students. The final numbers
allocated to Otago will be based on whether part or full
funding is required.
The intensive nine-week course was for people who were
serious about a career in one of New Zealand's top tech
companies, Enspiral Dev Academy co-founder Rohan Wakefield
Many local businesses were having to spend up to three times
as much to recruit developers from overseas and a recent
survey suggested local technology companies would need 10,000
more people to fill roles over the next three years.
The course was the first of its kind in the country and
Enspiral had partnered with Xero, Powershop, Trade Me and 10
other employers to directly connect graduates with roles, he
Initial funding was being provided by Enspiral, ADInstruments
and Powershop. Xero had committed to providing support for
Dev Academy students later in the year and Enspiral hoped to
grow the funder pool to 25 by the end of the year through
private and public sector partnerships, including business,
government and iwi, he said.
''The fund is the most effective way to lower the barriers to
entering the IT sector. We want to do everything we can to
make it easier for people to get into IT.
''There is a huge demand for passionate and skilled entry
With more than half of the technology jobs currently being
offered paying more than $100,000, it was a career worth
thinking seriously about, Mr Wakefield said.
ADInstruments chief technical officer Jon Enlow said the
Dunedin company was always looking for ways to attract talent
to the city.
Partnering with Dev Academy was an easy decision to make.
''We love the idea of expanding the local technical ecosystem
in Dunedin with Dev Academy graduates, increasing the
diversity in the IT industry here and seeing more talented
developers settle in this great city,'' he said.
Powershop would contribute $1500 scholarships to the first 10
students who enrolled in the Ruby on Rails programming
The first 14 Dev Academy students began their pre-course
preparation this week with the class starting in May.