AI to apps – WITT-Learner Me partnership to boost local IT workforce

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From apps and algorithms to advances in artificial intelligence (AI) - IT is vital for businesses to thrive in a fast-changing world. That’s why WITT and Learner Me are pleased to announce their partnership to collaboratively deliver high quality IT training in Taranaki.       

The arrangement will enable WITT-enrolled students the chance to study with Learner Me at their central city campus for NZQA-accredited Level 4 and 5 IT diploma programmes. The option to study these programmes at the WITT campus is ongoing.

The collaboration meets the growing demand for programmes on cyber security, software and web development, digital and game design as well as technical support.

Dr Jan Lockett-Kay, Director of School, says WITT is mindful of the needs of the local business sector. “Having IT graduates who can understand and manage the diverse demands and innovative developments in the digital world is crucial for our local economy,” she says.

Simon Singh, CEO of Learner Me, agrees. “IT is part of everything we do. We want to ensure the current and next generation of digital natives are well-equipped to help deliver the latest IT skills and knowledge to the community – whether for business, education, health, food or in the creative sector. In Taranaki, IT plays an important role in all sectors including agriculture, conservation, and new energy innovations.”

Securing the future of IT training in Taranaki includes exploring higher Level 6 and 7 qualifications that delve into AI applications as well as coding and other developments.  Learner Me are already exploring these avenues with support from WITT.

"In today's rapidly evolving digital landscape, technology education is not just a pathway to employment; it's a vital tool for empowerment and innovation,” Mr Singh says. “As we launch our strategic partnership, we are responding to a global imperative to cultivate a tech-savvy workforce that can navigate and shape the future. This initiative represents our commitment to providing cutting-edge, relevant education that equips our learners with the skills necessary to thrive in a digital economy.”

"We’re immensely proud to announce our strategic partnership with WITT, a milestone that signifies a substantial advancement in technology education within our region,” he says. “This collaboration is not only about combining resources; it is a true testament to the spirit of our community and the result of extensive local support, for which we are extremely grateful.”

Olivia Hall, WITT Executive Director, says the partnership signals an exciting addition in IT education for the local community, one that is global in vision and yet with local needs at the forefront. “Our students

can be confident they will receive the best specialist education from a proven provider along with the full suite of learning support and pastoral care from WITT and Learner Me.”

“It's about preparing our community to meet the challenges of the modern world head-on and ensuring that Taranaki remains at the forefront of technological advancements,” Mr Singh adds. “Our collaboration is more than an educational venture; it's a vital investment in the future of our region and its people."

This collaboration is unique in New Zealand, offering students direct access to the industry through the HQ Group of companies. HQ Group includes Proformac Technologies, Learner Me, Opportuna CA, Innovation HQ, Branding HQ, and App HQ.

WITT and Learner Me are hosting an event to sign a Memorandum of Understanding next week (May 30) ahead of programmes being delivered in the next semester.       

Caption: Jan Lockett-Kay (Director of School at WITT), Olivia Hall (Executive Director at WITT) and Simon Singh (CEO of Learner Me).

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