The Mighty Waikato is home to the fourth largest regional economy in New Zealand, generating $23 billion GDP a year from a range of sectors which together create 8.5 percent of NZ’s GDP (Stats NZ 2017). With a population of some 460,000 people and a changing demographic profile including a growing number of young tamariki, combined with increasing skills shortages and demand for more work-ready employees, the key to sustaining and developing current economic and industrial growth lies in fostering a skilled and motivated workforce. 

Six key industries in the Waikato make up 97 percent of the regional economy and 95 percent of the local workforce, including the ICT sector a growth sector within the Waikato, which largely seeks professionals (with bachelor degree and above qualifications), along with sales staff and personal services workers.

The Waikato Labour Market Strategy explores ways to ensure that businesses can attract, develop and retain the skills they need to grow, along with aiming to increase the levels of literacy and numeracy and educational attainment in our youth and workforce.

We are working closely with Te Waka: Waikato Economic Development Agency and other stakeholders to collaboratively implement a three-year programme to build, attract and retain skills and talent in the ICT sector. 

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Tertiary students looking for projects and internships

IT and Media Arts interns and graduates

The Centre for IT and the School of Media Arts have students available for industry placements or to work on projects. You can also find out more about students graduating in the near future or seeking employment. 

Work with a University student or graduate

Whether it's an internship, volunteering opportunity or graduate position, the University of Waikato can help you connect with our students and recent graduates to fulfil your staffing needs.

Projects and industry experience

The Information Technology programme provides opportunity to have a student work on a project or gain industry experience with your organisation.

R & D Experience Grants

Bring smart, enthusiastic and fresh thinking into your R&D activities with support provided by tertiary students in their summer break.

School to employment pathways

Student career pathway management

Transforming the way career education is delivered in New Zealand, empowering schools and career educators to better guide students.

Smart Waikato

Smart Waikato's purpose is to empower youth through real education to employment pathways including Smart Transitions, Secondary School Employer Partnerships (SSEP), FutureForce® Action Network, and co-ordination of the Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme (YES).

Other useful information and sites

Hiring the right staff types

Employee, contractor or intern? This visual guide gives an overview of staff types so you can choose the right kind of help for your business — and then test yourself on staff types with a quiz.

Find and hire young staff

To find young people who are the right fit for your business, use different recruitment processes than you would for more experienced workers.

Join the Movement

An innovative employment programme matching talented Kiwis living with access needs* to leading New Zealand employers.


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