IBM has announced that it will work with Auckland’s Unitec Institute of Technology to establish the first IBM New Zealand Delivery Centre.
Based at Unitec’s Mt Albert campus, the delivery centre will open in February 2013 and will employ full-time and part-time professionals, and Unitec graduate and current students.
IBM anticipates that the centre will employ up to 400 people within the next two years.
IBM and Unitec will implement a several collaborative initiatives including extended industry-based “Earn As You Learn” placements. It will also provide students studying for IT, business management and communications degrees with
work experience in the IT industry as part of their studies.
IBM says in a statement that its investment in the Unitec collaboration will also enable annual scholarship programmes and jointly developed guest lectures, mentoring, internship and graduate hire programmes.
The partnership will be based on IBM’s model at the Ballarat Delivery Centre in Australia. The centre was established in 2005 and continues to create employment and economic benefits in Victoria.
There are more than 50 IBM delivery centres across five continents. The Auckland centre will provide IBM’s clients with business process and ICT services, in areas including human resources, supply chain management, finance and administration, customer relationship management, remote technical and ICT support, and consulting.
“Working with a highly respected global company will give our students the head start they need to get a great job when they graduate,” says Unitec chief executive Rick Ede.
“Bringing innovative businesses such as IBM into the education environment is about matching the skills of our students with the demands of business and providing students with the experience they need to make a difference in their communities and in New Zealand.”