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While at school there are ways to get hands-on learning in digital technology.  This might be through an in-class, after-school or community-run programme. 


Here are some examples:

  • Code Club teaches how to create games, make and design websites and code interactive stories

  • ShadowTech offers students in years 9-13 a first-hand look at what a day in the life of a tech professional is like

  • Tahi Rua Toru Tech runs a digital challenge for students to help solve problems in their school or community using digital technologies

  • Girl Boss provides networking opportunities, internships, and workshops

  • OMG Tech offers workshops, resources for school and home, and youth mentorship

  • TechHub brings people working in digital technology into schools to talk about the work they do

  • Game Tan, Gamefroot, and Get into Games Aotearoa! introduce tech through the development of games

  • The Electric Garden uses gardening to teach digital technology concepts

  • Recycle a device teaches how to refurbish a laptop, that is then donated to someone in need
  • Code Avengers offers Code Camps and programmes for at home or in school learning

  • Ko Māui Hangarau inspires rangatahi to get into tech, through a summit featuring some of the best Māori tech innovators and entrepreneurs

  • Kiwibots helps students to learn science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in a fun and engaging way

  • She# connects women in technology, bridging the gender gap in STEM industry.

​​There are also programmes that count towards a qualification, provide work experience, or the possibility of a job.  Some of these programmes are only available through specific schools or in particular regions.  Examples include:

  • Hau Tutu in South Auckland, partnering with tech organisations on a career pathways programme

  • Fusion Networks and Tamaki College, offering paid IT internships and the possibility of permanent employment

  • IBM P-Tech Programme and Manurewa College, with a year 10 taster programme, and intergrated school and tertiary coursework alongside work ready skills

  • The Catalyst Open Source Academy (Wellington), a two week holiday programme for secondary school students to learn about, and work with, Open Source Technologies

  • Huakiarangi, a personalised programme (with Hoani Waititi Kura) providing support to get ākonga Māori into tech

  • 3bagsfull, internships providing on the job skills training and introduction to the tech sector

  • HCL Technologies TechBee programme, with foundation training on IT essentials and a Year 13 work integrated programme

  • The Kalinda Tiaki Foundation Kura Start Internship Programme.  This programme is for full time secondary students in immersion schooling in Aotearoa New Zealand.  Training is divided between school, home studies and a part-time internship.  Kura Start is a pipeline into the Apprenticeship Start in Australia, bringing together models of indigenous education success

  • NCEA credit courses offered through polytechs and private training providers such as the Youbee College of Creative Innovation and Techtorium.  Techtorium offer short introductory courses in Engineering, Coding and Game Making, AI and Digital Literacy.

If there are other programmes you know about, contact us at and we will add them to the list. 

Most of the programmes mentioned are funded by NGOs, government agencies, corporates and schools.  Some may require a financial contribution.  Scholarships may be available to help meet the costs of specialised programmes and equipment, such as Toloa (for Pacific students).  You can find information on scholarships for Māori learners here.

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