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New SHIFT students @ SIGNAL
Wednesday July 31, 2019
We have welcomed two new cohorts into SHIFT in the last few weeks, a full-time one in Christchurch and a part-time one in Dunedin. These new students are taking the plunge, shifting gears and learning relevant tech skills and exploring new opportunities in the tech sector, following in the footsteps of our dozens of successful graduates.
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SHIFT Profile: Thomas O'Leary
Wednesday July 31, 2019
In this series we are profiling our talented SHIFT graduates, who have joined the growing NZ tech sector.
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PROFILE: Julia Pye - Brewery Manager to Business Analyst
Wednesday June 26, 2019
We continue this series on our SHIFT graduates, this time featuring community minded Julia Pye.
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Another successful Speed Networking Event @ SIGNAL Christchurch
Wednesday June 12, 2019
Face to face networking between SHIFT students and Industry hosts helps to find matches for Industry Projects.
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Don't miss the next Tech Careers and Pizza Night at a SIGNAL near you!
Wednesday May 29, 2019
If you, or someone you know, is thinking about a change of career, or want to 'Add Tech to your Superpowers', come along to one of SIGNAL's famous Tech Careers Pizza nights.
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Industry Engagement - Dunedin Events
Friday May 17, 2019
Signal's SHIFT programme is focused on positive employment outcomes. To help foster industry connections and networking, we welcome practitioners and tech experts to speak to our students during "SHIFT Fridays".
Introducing the 2019 Dunedin SHIFT Cohort!
Thursday May 9, 2019
Our Dunedin SHIFT cohort started in late February and is our third, and largest intake to-date.
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Speed Networking - Meet the Chch Cohort
Wednesday May 8, 2019
After the success and positive outcomes from our previous Speed Networking event that match Industry Projects to students, SIGNAL is hosting another one.
Join our mid-year SHIFT Intake (part-time or full-time)
Tuesday May 7, 2019
Reboot your career with Dunedin's part-time, and Christchurch's full-time SHIFT programme kicking-off in July.
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PROFILE: Jess Wren - Professional Services Delivery at Datacom
Thursday May 2, 2019
In this series, we meet some SHIFT graduates, and hear about their experiences of moving into a tech career.
Employed! Great outcomes from Industry Projects at the Christchurch Showcase.
Thursday March 21, 2019
An enthusiastic crowd of over 40 gathered at EPIC last week to hear about the projects that the Christchurch 2018 SHIFT Cohort had completed with support from their Industry mentors.
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Positive experiences for all at the Dunedin SHIFT Industry Showcase
Tuesday March 19, 2019
Congratulations to all students who presented their projects at the Showcase, and to those who are already employed in the tech sector in Dunedin, Christchurch and Auckland. Success, personal development, collaboration and industry support were on show as the 2018 SHIFT cohort shared their SHIFT industry experience.
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2019 SHIFT Cohorts & Industry Guests
Monday March 18, 2019
The 2019 SHIFT programmes in Christchurch and Dunedin are well underway, and students are already learning lots, meeting tech sector practitioners, and expanding their networks.
So you would like to SHIFT, but can't study full-time? Check out the new Part-Time option in Dunedin!
Monday March 18, 2019
We know that for many, taking a year off work to SHIFT career is very difficult, so we are delighted to announce that a part-time SHIFT Dunedin option will commence in July this year!
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Call for 2019 SHIFT Studio Projects in Dunedin - Submit your idea NOW!
Monday March 18, 2019
Has your organisation got a tech project, idea or piece of work that you've parked due to a lack of time or resourcing? Talk to us about having our SHIFT students work on it for you.
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Call for 2019 SHIFT Studio Projects
Monday March 18, 2019
Has your organisation got a tech project, idea or piece of work that you've parked due to a lack of time or resourcing? Talk to us about having our SHIFT students work on it for you.
OrbViz and the SHIFT Students
Wednesday March 13, 2019
OrbViz is the first SaaS product from Orbica and SHIFT students have contributed to its development.
SHIFT student behind the CCC Events App
Tuesday March 12, 2019
Bryce White has been working with Christchurch City Council for his Industry Project and Industry Experience Grant on their revamped Events App. He is now employed and working in the Digital Channels team on other apps.
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PROFILE: Harry Taylor - Software Developer at RCG Creations Limited
Sunday February 17, 2019
Harry started SHIFT in July 2017. He has now completed the programme and is working full time at RCG Creations Limited as a software developer.
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NEW: Shift video now online
Monday January 28, 2019
There is nothing like seeing and hearing real people talk about their experiences to help you understand a product and an organisation. Late in 2018, the Christchurch and Dunedin studios were the setting for professional filming to get the lowdown on SIGNAL ICT Grad School, and to find out more about what the SHIFT programme has delivered.
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From Snowboarder to Code Cutter!
Wednesday January 23, 2019
SIGNAL kicked off 2019 by hosting a Tech Careers and Pizza night with industry guest speaker and Software Engineer, Toni M James. Toni works for NZ company Orion Health, an international healthcare software company.
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Industry benefits from student placements
Wednesday December 12, 2018
Shift students have been putting their newly acquired skills to good use during their industry placements, providing organisations with tech solutions, while extending their own capabilities.
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Apply now for a SHIFT 2019 Scholarship
Tuesday December 11, 2018
Do you need a financial hand to SHIFT to a tech career? SHIFT 2019 enrolments are open now for both Dunedin and Christchurch, and so are 2019 SHIFT scholarship applications.
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Industry Showcase highlights SHIFT employment outcomes for 2017 Christchurch cohort
Wednesday October 17, 2018
Thanks and congratulations to Showcase presenters Harry Taylor, Felicia Sacramento and Sakinah Abdul who have all secured industry employment following SHIFT!
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SHIFT Industry Showcase - Christchurch Sep 20
Friday August 31, 2018
Join us as we celebrate the achievements of the first Christchurch SHIFT cohort, on Thursday Sep 20 from 3 - 4.30pm.
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Action time! Putting the learning into action in the 'Real World'
Thursday August 23, 2018
Exciting times ahead for the Christchurch SHIFT'ers starting on their Industry Projects. In this photo, left to right are Orbica's Banika Sirohi (Orbica Full Stack developer - mentor) and Antonin Caen (Orbica Geospatial Architect - mentor), with two members of the 2018 SHIFT cohort, Arthur McGregor & Kiriana Brown.
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Lights......Camera......Action! Fun photo shoots @ SIGNAL
Monday April 30, 2018
Introducing the SHIFT 2018 stars of Christchurch and Dunedin, who were fantastic (if slightly reluctant at first) models for our now traditional photo shoot. Thanks team, great to see you all looking so happy and relaxed.
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Exciting industry projects commence for first Christchurch SHIFT cohort
Thursday April 5, 2018
Now into their second semester of SHIFT, Felicia, Dewi, Sam, Harry and Sakinah are well into their workplace industry projects with five Christchurch companies, from game design to air traffic control and location data intelligence specialists.
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New Shift 2018 cohort in Christchurch busy and productive!
Thursday April 5, 2018
The February Shift cohort of nine has been busy visiting local companies, gaining insight into various tech roles, and the skills needed to work in the growing tech sector. The students have also completed an intensive introduction to programming and further technical skills, and have begun working on projects in the studio to put their new found skills into practice.
Tap into the diversity and experience of the 2018 SHIFT cohort by submitting a studio project - and enjoy the results!
Thursday April 5, 2018
With a mix of backgrounds and experience including health, medical research, IT, arts, media, electronics, project management, defense force, commerce, marketing, education, product design and drafting, the incoming SHIFT cohort in Dunedin is a varied and talented group .
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Scholarships awarded to SIGNAL Educate & Shift learners
Thursday April 5, 2018
SIGNAL is pleased to encourage a high caliber and variety of learners by awarding a number of scholarships for study in 2018.
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SHIFT assists local tech industry in sourcing new talent
Thursday April 5, 2018
The Dunedin SHIFT Industry Showcase held earlier this month highlighted to the local tech sector how SHIFT is a "viable pathway to attract smart talent".
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'Christmas Gift' Industry award to SHIFT learner in Christchurch
Wednesday December 20, 2017
Synapsys NZ Ltd are pleased to announce the awarding of a $1000 'Christmas Gift' grant to Felicia Sacramento for her hard work during SHIFT in 2017.
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Dunedin SHIFT Cohort 2017
Thursday December 7, 2017
Meet the students completing SHIFT in Dunedin 2017
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Agile Workshop at SIGNAL Dunedin
Monday November 20, 2017
On the 16th November, SIGNAL Dunedin hosted an Agile Workshop for current SHIFT students and other IT Professionals in Dunedin.
SHIFT Dunedin working in industry
Tuesday November 14, 2017
After a busy and productive year of study, workshops, projects and work experience, the first SHIFT cohort are about to start their paid Industry Experience. This is the final part of the innovative SHIFT programme and further prepares the cohort to transition into a role in NZ's booming tech sector.
First Shift studio almost complete in Christchurch
Wednesday November 8, 2017
Shift students have been working closely with clients to develop a citizen science app about planting activities and a personal bus schedule monitor using Raspberry Pi.
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VR Flights with SIGNAL
Monday October 16, 2017
A popular activity at the 2017 Vogel Street Party
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SHIFT driving internal innovation at MTF
Monday September 25, 2017
An organisation works best when it has the best tools at its disposal, sometimes they need a bit of a tune-up ........
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SHIFT making a difference to local firms
Friday September 1, 2017
The Dunedin Shift Cohort are well into their industry placements, gaining valuable experience whilst working alongside industry professionals. Last week we visited Jonathan Manning, at The Tarn Group in Princes St Dunedin to see what he has achieved so far.
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Christchurch SHIFT cohort 2017
Thursday August 24, 2017
The 2017 Shift semester two students have a wide variety of backgrounds - here they introduce themselves.
The sky's the limit for Shift
Thursday August 24, 2017
Shift students start projects embedded with industry in Dunedin
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Shifting to a new career in Christchurch
Monday August 21, 2017
Christchurch studio welcomes its first cohort of Shift students.
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400 hours of free student time for your business! Dunedin & Christchurch EOIs now open.
Monday July 3, 2017
Industry Experience Grants provide a 400 hour internship opportunity for SIGNAL Shift students at the completion of their studies. Your organisation could host one - read on to find out more.
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Great ideas Hatched by Shift
Tuesday May 30, 2017
SIGNALs inaugural Shift cohort completed their first Studio Industry Project this month, working with Hatch, a children's creation and innovation workshop space in Dunedin.
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Shift forges ahead
Tuesday February 28, 2017
SIGNAL's Shift programme welcomed its first cohort to 123 Vogel St this week.