Techweek TV: Rethinking traditional education and the future of learning


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Liz Hampton

IBM Corporate Social Responsibility Manager

Liz Hampton is IBM New Zealand's Social Responsibility lead, with expertise in business-community partnerships and a passion for education and the evolving future of work.

Liz works collaboratively with business, educational institutions and community organisations to deliver sustainable partnerships that address societal issues, and focus on workforce skills and organisational capability.

She is most known for bringing the IBM educational P-TECH programme to New Zealand, setting up a three way partnership between business, tertiary and high school. P-TECH, or Pathways in Technology is an innovative school model, integrating high school and tertiary coursework, alongside building work-ready skills for students. At the programme base is student mentoring, workplace visits and projects and work experience and internship opportunities.

In New Zealand, the P-TECH partnership includes Aorere College and Manurewa High School, IBM and the Warehouse Group, and Manukau Institute of Technology. The programme is underway with a Year 1 cohort of 43 Year 11 students.

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Michelle Dickinson

Nanogirl, Nanogirl labs

The original "Nanogirl", Michelle is a world-renowned educator and communicator. An engineer by training with two decades experience across academia and industry, Michelle leads the technical content, insights and strategy.

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Pete Jones

Principal, Manurewa High School

Pete Jones is the Principal of Manurewa High School. Originally from the UK, Pete taught in three different schools in Manchester for nine years before becoming a Director of Ralph Capper Interiors, focusing on interior fitouts for offices, hotels, bars, residential properties and educational establishments. He came to New Zealand in 2006 and restarted his teaching career at Manurewa High School and was appointed principal in 2016.

Manurewa High School is a large co-educational secondary school in South Auckland and the largest decile 1 school in New Zealand, catering for students from Year 9 to Year 13. The school roll of over 2000 reflects its multi-cultural community with an overall mix of over 50 nationalities.

Marima Lay

Manurewa High School student

Marima Lay

Marima is a Year 11 student at Manurewa High School and also one of the first Pathways in Technology (P-TECH) students in New Zealand. P-TECH is a partnership model between school, tertiary and business, helping students build work-ready skills and tertiary qualifications that connect to entry-level roles. She joined the P-TECH class to explore her interest in the technology industry through both learnings in the classroom and the outside world. She says P-TECH is already giving her a lot of opportunities to aim high, explore, learn and connect with others.

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