Council Partnership Helps Source Top Talent in Capital

21 July 2014

Wellington City Council is proud to announce a new partnership with Summer of Tech - an award winning programme that helps Wellington businesses source top talent from local tertiary institutions, while giving students valuable real-world industry experience.

Since 2006 Summer of Tech has facilitated 357 paid tech internships, helping to bridge the gap between tertiary education and high tech sector demand for skills and talent to deliver digital projects that the engine of our city’s economic growth.

Councillor Jo Coughlan, Chair of Council’s Economic Growth and Arts committee, says that supporting Summer of Tech through the Wellington Economic Initiatives Development Fund (WEID) will help the programme build on previous successes and continue to contribute to Wellington’s long term economic growth goals.

“Summer of Tech is an enabler of innovation, making it easier for Wellington employers to bring in fresh talent, energy and perspectives to work on high tech projects. We are focussed on making Wellington an easy place to do high tech business and growing the local talent pool is a big part of this.”

John Clegg, founder of Summer of Tech, says that focus of the programme is on working with employers to make it easier for them to find the right graduate.

"We're excited to be working with Wellington City Council to take Summer of Tech to the next level. We're looking forward to showcasing the talents of our students and help them start their careers with some of the best companies in the Wellington region."

The Summer of Tech programme launch will be held on Tuesday July 22 at 5.30 to 7 pm at Macs Brewbar & Restaurant, 4 Taranaki Street, Wellington. Companies interested in attending or being part of the Summer of Tech programme should contact Cath Randall at Grow Wellington or Pamela Ward via the Summer of Tech website.