SIGNAL ICT Grad School

Looking for a career change?

Tech is New Zealand’s third-largest export sector and is growing fast. To fuel this growth, New Zealand needs more people with a grounding in tech to meet the rapid expansion within this exciting and varied area, which crosses into many industries.

SIGNAL ICT Grad School develops tech professionals to meet that growth via SHIFT, enabling more people to enter this dynamic and diverse sector.

The SHIFT Programme

SHIFT is an innovative industry-driven programme for those who are seeking a new career path, who may not have a tech background. Open to degree-holders in any discipline, learners in the current cohort have various backgrounds, from  health science, project management and product design to  geology, sociology, marketing, and engineering. This innovative one-year programme offers relevant and current content to ensure you are well equipped to work within the tech area, where the skills you have learnt in previous work and study are highly valued.

Partnering with Industry

SHIFT uses immersive studio-based learning and real-world industry experience to produce graduates with a solid base of core computing skills, as well as softer skills required in today’s collaborative workplaces. The current Dunedin cohort, which started in February, is now working on group projects for local company Igtimi, who assisted the New Zealand America’s Cup success, and on web-based projects for a not-for-profit groups.  Later in the year each student will also have a 200 hour industry placement, where they can work alonsgide industry professionals in an area that aligns with their future career goals. These placements are tailored to complement their preferred specialist area and enhance their employability.


With tech roles existing in nearly every area from aviation to zoology, career possibilities are extensive. Through the SHIFT programme, learners can focus on software design and development, or the allied roles, such as business analyst, web-designer, project-manager, user experience designer, technical writer, sales and client support… and the list goes on.
The tech sector can potentially offer flexible hours and work locations, making this an exciting and viable option for those with families. Diversity is welcomed, and in the Dunedin cohort, almost 50 percent are women, and several learners in the SHIFT programme have young families. SHIFT is also well suited to new graduates who may be looking for that X factor to boost their employability.

Jess Wren

Jess had been a radiation therapist for over six years before coming to SHIFT this year. She was looking to diversify her skillset and to upskill in more technical areas. Jess sees the way technology reaches across all industries, especially the connection between the tech and medical sectors. SHIFT is helping Jess get a taste of the variety of different roles there are within tech and exposing her to the tech sector in Dunedin.

Situated at 123 Vogel St, Signal Dunedin is in the heart of Dunedin’s growing Innovation Precinct.

The next SHIFT intake commences in July 2018, and scholarships are available.

Call SIGNAL today on 0800 990 024 and start your shift into NZ’s fastest-growing sector.


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