Teachers in Industry
The Teachers in Industry programme connects schools/kura with science or technology-intensive businesses in their community.
Teachers in Industry creates links between schools and businesses by organising or supporting events for teachers/kaiako to spend time with businesses and gain industry experience, so that they can develop business-relevant curriculum content for the classroom.
The aims of the programme are to:
- support teachers/kaiako in ways to collaborate with, and leverage off, existing activities to enhance teacher/kaiako engagement with science and technology;
- foster curious minds by initiating, developing and extending current networks, connecting teachers/kaiako to local business/industry;
- facilitate links between schools and businesses;
- make the curriculum, NCEA and teaching/learning programmes relevant to real industry;
- improve young people's employability skills through local businesses and schools/colleges working together.
Teachers in Industry also enables participants to contribute to meeting Practicing Teacher Criteria #4.
The programme is managed by The Royal Society of New Zealand. It began as a six-month pilot in two regions (Taranaki and South of Auckland) in 2015 and is now being extended in South Auckland (Franklin and Papakura).