by Divina Paredes

NZ recruits for next-gen digital leaders in government

Jul 28, 2019
Cloud ComputingDigital TransformationGovernment

Credit: GovTech

The GovTechTalent Digital Graduate Programme or ‘GovTech’ is about developing emerging talent who want to shape the digital future of government – for the benefit of all New Zealanders, says Nuwanthie Samarakone, founder and CEO of Ice Professionals.

“This programme transitions students with a myriad of interests in tertiary education and prepares them to excel in the future-world of work,” says Samarakone, who has designed the programme.

ICE Professionals
Nuwanthie Samarakone

Participants will spend 24-months working through three of the participating government agencies, spending eight months in each “rotation”.

In the first eight months, they will work on a range of projects. In the next eight months, they will work in an agency where the will further refine their existing skills and hone in their desired career path.

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By the third rotation, the programme will help position participants to be ‘career ready’.

Samarakone says every graduate will be supported by a mentor who aims to help them reach their potential in the Government’s digital arena.

“Building capability across the public sector is vital for the benefit of attracting and building future leaders into the system,” she states.

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