Panel discussion with Felicity Letcher, Stacey Henderson, and Nikora Ngaropo
This event does not require registration.
Thu 19 May 3:40 PM - 4:10 PM
TORO Academy proves a model that more internships and apprenticeships in the creative tech sector are needed and will be equitable.
- what are the challenges that industry are facing currently in terms of workforce development
- how do we attract and support more Maori into the sector
- Toro Academy training programme
- opportunity to open the doors to creative tech in a different way
- how do we create more internships and apprenticeships in the creative tech sector
- what kind of relationship and support needs to sit around interns to support them on their journey
Content Head, TORO Academy Program
Nikora is a member of the Digital Council for Aotearoa New Zealand, a Government initiative which advises on how to maximise the societal benefits of digital and data-driven technologies. He is the Director and Founder of NNMD, a Māori-led design and animation technology company which aspires to enable Māori and all New Zealanders through building capacity in education and technology.
Nikora has experience in developing high end digital content and visual effects and also works with tamariki to support the raising of digital literacy and digital readiness.
Head of Partnerships, TORO
Felicity Letcher Felicity has 30 years working in the creative sector with a unique blend of grass roots theatre experience through to large scale international screen production. As General Manager of TORO, Felicity creates industry partnerships and leads multi stakeholder projects for government and corporate partners. Felicity also manages the TORO Academy Internship Programme which places interns with industry employers. A well-known connector and consultant in the arts and screen sector, Felicity was part of the Screen Sector facilitation group 2030 and led the Covid Screen Action Group during the first days of the Covid crisis pulling together leaders from across screen and gaming.
Felicity is a mentor and consultant for the government backed creative careers programme, Wayfind Creative, and she has worked as a chairperson and board member on numerous boards including Red Leap Theatre and Nightsong Productions.
Project Manager, Disguise
Stacey came to disguise from a live event production + health & safety background following several years as a trained teacher. She has helped to coordinate and deliver production on events large and small, from bespoke activations to stadium tours. Her favourite aspect of both that work, and her role at disguise, is working closely with creatives, technicians and stakeholders to create unforgettable experiences. Stacey lives and breathes to-do lists, spreadsheets, timelines, and loves applying her skills to the cutting-edge research & development taking place at disguise! Stacey’s role at disguise includes managing R&D projects and nurturing graduate talent and interns to help train the next generation of creative technologists.