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ICE Tech 360 initiative prepares emerging talent for tech jobs

The New Zealand Technology Industry Association and ICE Professionals have teamed up to better prepare recent graduates for careers in the tech industry.

ICE Tech 360 is an initiative that will give high quality graduates a full year’s work experience across a range of organisations, as they transition into a tech career.

“ One of the biggest challenges for new graduates is access to a transitional environment adequately prepares them for the fast-paced and demanding expectations in the tech sector” says Nuwanthie Samarakone, ICE Professionals CEO.

ICE Professionals is an emerging talent placement and consultancy company based in New Zealand, with offices in Australia, Singapore, Sri Lanka and the UK. ICE specialises in identifying good graduate talent and connecting them with organisations from the private and public sector.

“The real draw card of the programme is that it is an easy on-boarding mechanism for technology organisations to responsibly support our emerging talent”, she says.

Samarakone says organisations in the tech industry struggle to seek out, develop and hire recent graduates effectively.

NZTech CEO, Candace Kinser says that the programme has received the support and backing of the NZTech Board and members. “It’s an ideal fit for high-growth companies in particular who need great talent, and want to employ graduates but just don’t have the time or resources to find them and coach them early on.”

The programme will involve some of New Zealand’s most innovative organisations ranging from corporate and high growth organisations such as HP and Southern Cross hospitals to government agencies and start-ups.

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