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Teachers in Industry

The Teachers in Industry programme connects schools/kura with science or technology-intensive businesses in their community.

LogoTeachers 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.

Teachers in Industry at NZ Gourmet Waiuku site


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).

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