Not enough IT workers in NZ
While it doesn’t seem to be as pressing as the political divide or the problems of the indigenous culture clash on New Zealand, it also can’t be overlooked that New Zealand is facing a major shortage of IT experts. Without these skilled workers smaller and medium-sized businesses fail to benefit form exciting new technologies.
The island needs hundreds of more IT men who know web strategy, search marketing, and web design. Without these men New Zealand is hindered from moving into the digital economy said Keusgen, Google New Zealand country manager.
New Zealand also needed hundreds more skilled IT workers who were trained in jobs like web strategy, search marketing and web design, he said.
“We don’t have the people to enable New Zealand to move into the digital economy,” Keusgen said. The businesses and agencies of the nation are desperate for the right people. Moreover with the governments new UFB or Ultra Fast Broadband Plan, the firms cannot even benefit from this positive development.
Keusgen spoke at the MinkStorm conference in Auckland and mentions how there are currently over a hundred digital related jobs online for New Zealand. They are unfilled despite the fact that they are “well paid, creative and globally relevant.”
As a solution Google New Zealand has teamed up with the University of Auckland to help address the shortage issue. They will not only run web training courses at the University but also give recent graduates the opportunity to meet with employers. Students are also invited to attend a complimentary weekend long training seminar assisting businesses with their online strategies. As a result of this seminar students will graduate with industry-recognized Google accreditation.
Keusgen hopes that by the end of the year New Zealand will see a hundred people in new digital jobs post courses and for the businesses across the country to benefit overall.
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