Vodafone NZ has an apprenticeship programme that it started around 18 months ago, and plans are afoot to expand and add to it through partnerships with educational institutions.
"We are working with an institute in Auckland now to put together an IP course. Our apprentices will come out with a diploma in tech communications and one of them gets a scholarship to go to one of the universities for a further engineering course. So we would take somebody from school and see them go right through to being university qualified.
"This will help develop our organic skill sets in the country, which I enjoy doing. We hope to have that course up and running as soon as possible. The course will potentially be offered in Auckland. It is supposed to be national ultimately," stated Baird.
Vodafone is also planning on enabling an innovation lab in its Christchurch office which will house start-ups working on mobility solutions, and give them the ability to connect and use Vodafone's network and resources.
"The Vodafone group has a global panel of suppliers. But some suppliers we do introduce to the group. We have done this before, especially if they are doing something innovative. So if we find an NZ supplier, maybe through our innovation lab that will soon be a part of our Christchurch office, and they are somebody with world class M2M capability, we will introduce them to the group," he said.
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