Unitec students in line for IBM jobs
Between 200 and 250 of the new jobs created by IBM at a "delivery centre" in Auckland are likely to be part-time jobs for Unitec students.
IBM said yesterday that it expected to create about 400 full and part-time jobs within two years at the centre, which will open at Unitec's Mt Albert campus in February.
Company spokesman Simon Hudson said most of the positions would be new jobs, providing support, developing software, managing databases and handling administration for IBM customers.
It was possible some of the approximately 1000 staff already employed by IBM could move to the facility, which would also hire Unitec graduates, but its offices in other cities would not be scaled back, Hudson said. "This is an addition to our stable."
Unitec chief executive Rick Ede said the deal had been three years in the making.
About 60 per cent of the positions would be part-time, filled by Unitec undergraduates, he said. Unitec had 1600-1700 information technology students but Ede said there would also be opportunities for 1000 to 1500 business students. "A lot of what IBM does now is not just IT but business services as well."
His understanding was the jobs would pay well above the minimum wage. "They will get paid a lot better than they would flipping burgers."
Working with a "highly respected global company" would give its students the head start they needed to get great jobs when they graduated, he said.
The centre is one of 50 IBM has set up around the world and will be modelled on its Ballarat Delivery Centre which opened in Victoria, Australia in 2005 and now employs about 1000 people.
IBM said the investment added to its "long history of collaborating with the tertiary sector to develop graduates with the right skills to work in today's services-oriented economy".
Ede said that if students worked more than 20 hours a week that could detract from their studies, but IBM had an active interest in their progress. The experience at the Ballarat centre was that IBM had been proactive if it had concerns students were falling behind, he said.
Hudson said IBM had picked Unitec partly because of its mantra of producing work-ready professionals with vocational skills. It had relationships with other tertiary institutions but wasn't contemplating establishing any other similar partnerships in New Zealand "for this kind of work".
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