Industry Experience Grants

Are internal resource constraints holding back your ideas and projects?  SIGNAL Shift can help through SIGNAL Studio projects, Industry Projects and now Industry Experience Grants.

Industry Experience Grants allow organisations to provide projects into the Shift programme as Studio Projects or Industry Projects and be allocated a 400 hour student industry experience grant to employ a Shift student at the conclusion of their studies.  The aim of the grants is to help take an idea or project from prototype/proof of concept through to production and integration into the commissioning organisation.

How do I apply?

We are currently accepting Expressions of Interest from Dunedin-based businesses for our current Shift student cohort. Contact Kylie to discuss your project and she will send you the Expression of Interest form to return to her if you are based in Dunedin.

We are also accepting Expressions of Interest from Christchurch-based organisations for our Semester 2 cohort.  Please contact Fiona to discuss your project and she will send you the Expression of Interest form to return to if you are based in Christchurch. 


Is our organisation eligible?

If your organisation exists as a recognised legal entity, you are able to employ people and you are able to provide hosting & support for the student.  In addition, your organisation will need to provide a project & support into the Shift studio and/or Shift Industry Project. You will also be required to participate in an end of grant showcase.

Will all organisations who apply get a grant?

No, we have a limited pool of students, a limited pool of funding and will match students with appropriate projects.

What type of students does the Shift programme produce?

Shift has two streams of students - Software Development students who have focused on the programming and software development aspects of producing solutions and Development Allied students who have focused on roles that are allied with solution development, such as business analysis, user experience, testing, technical writing, project management.

How much money will we get?

Each grant is $7,200 + GST which you are required to use to fund the wages of the student in the programme.

What support will organisations get?

We will run a series of workshops for both students and grant-holding organisations to support your organisation.

How many can we apply for?

You can apply for as many grants as you like, however we will fund a maximum of two per organisation.  Typically we will only fund one grant per organisation, per round.