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Overcoming Barriers to Working in the NZ Tech Sector

A new approach addressing talent challenges in the NZ tech sector focused on youth, students and the Māori and Pasifika communities.

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Thu 19 May 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

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Absolute IT Wellington, Level 7, 36 Customhouse Quay, Wellington Central, Wellington 6011


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Overcoming Barriers to Working in the NZ Tech Sector

From creating new roles to advocating for success, join Absolute IT’s GM Steve Cotton and The Work Collective’s GM Donna Lynch as they discuss:

- Ways of overcoming barriers to working in the NZ tech industry

- How to tap into a pool of young candidates in a skills and talent-short market

- Ways to bridge the gap between youth/students/graduates and entry level opportunities

- How to make a positive social impact and support diversity and inclusion in the tech sector, with a focus on youth in the Māori and Pasifika communities

There will be light snacks and drinks provided for networking following the discussion.


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Steve Cotton

General Manager

With over twenty years of IT recruitment experience, Steve joined the Absolute IT team in 2004 and hasn't  looked back. His role as National General Manager is to lead the team across New Zealand, who are committed to making a difference for their candidates and clients and keeping Absolute IT as New Zealand’s IT recruitment partner of choice. 

Steve is passionate about people and the role that people play in the industry. The “He Tāngata” proverb has always held a special resonance for him: 

What is the most important thing in the world? 

He tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata – It is the people, it is the people, it is the people 

Having stumbled into IT recruitment by accident over twenty years ago, Steve has never failed to be amazed by the difference technology makes in our everyday lives and the phenomenal impact it has on the New Zealand economy. "I believe that there is the opportunity for generational change for the better through the kiwi tech industry and am excited by our role in supporting this change."


Donna Lynch

General Manager - The Work Collective

Donna’s senior leadership (GM/COO) background spans over 12 years.  She brings a raft of experience within the recruitment sector with more than 20 year of service – 15 of those years in leadership as well as strong background in Key Account and Operational Management, Financial Management, HR Management, including change management, and health and safety and compliance. For the Accordant Group Donna has undertaken roles leading operational teams, been responsible for Accordant Group HR and Safety and now leads The Work Collective the Accordant Group’s social initiative which supports those with barriers to employment into work.

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