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Jan will discuss how NZ employers can support and grow IT students to become the employees they need.

Jan Hutchinson – CEO at Techtorium

Jan has a passion for the education sector and in particular focused vocational training. She believes in keeping students engaged by wrapping their studies around the needs of the individual, attaching learning to reality and ensuring that we provide opportunities for learners and staff to be innovative

Jan will discuss how NZ employers can support and grow IT students to become the employees they need. Jan has a passion for the education sector and in particular focused vocational training. She believes in keeping students engaged by wrapping their studies around the needs of the individual, attaching learning to reality and ensuring that we provide opportunities for learners and staff to be innovative

Lisa will look at what roles recruiters in the technology sector in New Zealand is finding particularly hard to fill, and explore why there seems to be a shortage in these areas. Following on from this, what does she think are possible solutions to ease this skills-shortage here in New Zealand as demand for IT and digital talent continues to grow. Finally, she will look at why so many people still struggle to find work even in a skills-short market

Much is made of the technical skills and training required to become a modern software developer, but soft skills such as communication and empathy are often overlooked. Drawing from 15 years as an employer, Ben explains why he values these soft skills over technical skills, how they are uniquely hard to find in the software industry, and why they are of particular importance in a small fast-moving company.