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Government agencies welcome first 15 GovTech Talent grads

09 Feb 2017

The first round of graduates participating in the GovTech Talent Graduate Programme have been welcomed into Government, with the Department of Internal Affairs ushering in the first in take.

The GovTech Talent Graduate Programme is a cross-agency pilot to build the government’s information, technology and digital talent pipeline.

Tim Occleshaw, Government chief technology officer, welcomed the 15 graduates at an event at the National Library in Wellington.

“I’m pleased to welcome the first intake of graduates for the GovTech Talent Programme,” he says.

“This is an excellent opportunity for today’s best and brightest graduates to help shape a new way of working for and with government.”

The successful graduates come from a wide range of disciplines including engineering, information management, law, linguistics, arts, computer studies and genetics.

“We have an impressive lineup of talented graduates. It’s fantastic that they’re starting their careers on this track, and I’m excited by what the future holds for everyone involved in the programme,” says Occleshaw.

Over the next two years, the graduates will spend eight months each in three participating government agencies and will be offered unique opportunities to develop their skills and harness their potential as tomorrow’s information, technology and digital leaders.

Occleshaw says the DIA is leading the GovTech Talent Graduate Programme, which is a key component of the Government ICT Strategy’s leadership focus area and part of the Government chief information officer’s efforts to accelerate digital transformation across the public sector.

DIA co-designed the programme with six other government agencies – Inland Revenue, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Primary Industries, NZ Transport Agency and Statistics New Zealand.

“I’d like to acknowledge our partner agencies which co-designed and supported GovTech,” says Occleshaw.

“It’s great to work closely with them to play our part not just in responding but in leading change in a rapidly evolving environment.”

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