GovTechTalent

About GovTechTalent

Join the GovTechTalent programme today!

Do you see yourself in government?

Because you should.

Our government should be made up of people who represent Aotearoa in all its diversity and vibrancy – people just like you. So if you don’t see yourself reflected in government already, this is your chance.

  • Passionate about making society a better place for yourau and community?
  • Want to use your problem solving skills, mana and posiy to influence government?
  • Keen to explore how technology and the digital world can improve society?
  • Not quite sure exactly how to get there?

You’ve come to the right place.

Applications are currently open, and close 1 August 2021!


Join the GovTechTalent programme today!

What’s involved in the programme exactly?

Kicking off in February 2022, you will be working full-time for two years across three different departments spanning the Ministry for Primary Industries, Ministry of Business and Innovation, Statistics New Zealand, Accident Compensation Corporation, Ministry of Education, Department of Internal Affairs, Inland Revenue and Waka Kotahi/NZ Transport Agency.

In your second and third rotations you’ll be able to influence which projects you work on, while your first rotation will be carefully selected for you by your GovTechTalent mentors to ensure you’re set up for success.

Whatsmore, you’ll have a ‘buddy’ to support you throughout this entire process, and a team of other graduates alongside you! Last year, SJS won an award for its candidate care throughout the recruitment process – so you can be confident you’ll be looked after!

Find out more about the workstreams involved and the recruitment process.


Graduates will be given the opportunity to work across any three of the following departments:

We recruit from a broad range of subjects - whether you're studying Arts of Sciences, there's a space for you. In particular, we look for graduates studying the following:


Why apply for GovTechTalent?

Flexibility and freedom

Most grad programmes lock you into a particular role and industry, at a time when you aren’t 100% where your career might take you. GovTechTalent is the most flexible and varied graduate programme available - giving you the opportunity to explore a range of different career paths, projects and organisations in the space of just two years.

Connections

GovTechTalent allows you to build an extensive network of colleagues, friends and future employers as you move between roles and departments – setting up a solid base to springboard you into future career opportunities.

Support and guidance

The transition from study into full-time work can be intimidating. GovTechTalent ensures you are given all the tautoko you need, with continual guidance and opportunities to work with mentors and alumni at the top of their field.

Community

GovTechTalent graduate cohorts become a close-knit family – often building long-lasting personal and professional relationships, and keeping in touch after the programme ends, as they transition through into permanent roles.

We hire students studying

Policy and Governance
Arts & Humanities
Information Systems

Available Positions

About GovTechTalent

GovTechTalent Workstream

During the programme, you will have the opportunity to work in a variety of workstreams such as user experience, security, project delivery, information and data, technology and digital integration.

While these are the main workstreams you’ll be involved in, you won’t necessarily be doing ‘technical’ work – you could be working as a policy analyst in the security team, for example, or as a project coordinator in the digital integration space.

In your second and third rotations you’ll be able to influence which projects you work on, while your first rotation will be carefully selected for you by your GovtTechTalent mentors to ensure you’re set up for success.

Click the links below to find out more about each of the workstreams involved.

Applications are currently open, and close 1 August 2021.

Meet Our Grads!

GovTechTalent grads Arapaoa and Jordache

Arapaoa and Jordache

“The programme is a great place to diversify and strengthen your skill set, so take every opportunity you get to do work that might be out of your comfort zone and use it to give yourself the best possible advantage going forward.”

GovTechTalent grad Lin

Lin

“The opportunity to try out different agencies and roles meant that I could explore different career capabilities in different settings.”

GovTechTalent grads Harshmin

Harshmin

“I really liked the idea of getting experience in different parts of the public sector and being involved in projects that impact many New Zealanders.”

GovTechTalent grad Tessa

Tessa

“Don’t be afraid of the word digital! Despite not having a technology-related qualification, I feel well equipped in this programme.”

GovTechTalent grad Michael

Michael

“This graduate programme encourages networking. Going to three separate agencies doing three separate roles creates networks, reduces silos, and adds various skills to the old curriculum vitae.”

GovTechTalent grads

Hemi

“I was initially attracted to the programme as it offered work which lined up with my university degree. Also, the structure of rotating in departments and teams would allow me to branch outside my existing skillset to find what most interests me.”

Here's what the graduates have to say:

“The leadership team and Grads come together to make the programme work. Lots of programmes don’t do that or give graduates that voice amongst management” (Nathan Mountfort, former GTT Graduate)

“I am learning skills that are relevant in the modern workplace, and I’m developing relationships and experience that will put me in a good position to pursue my goals into the future” (Chris McDowall, former GTT Graduate)

“The prospect of community focussed public sector work strongly attracted me to the programme. I wanted to use my design and user experience background to contribute to work that improves the experiences of New Zealanders engaging with government services” (Current GTT Graduate working at The Ministry of Justice)

Meet the grads at one of our virtual Q&A sessions!

We want you to have the best chance of success. That’s why we're running live Q&A sessions via Zoom with our current GovTechTalent graduates. Click the links below to attend:

  • 6 July 3pm – Click here to join the Q&A
  • 14 July 11am – Click here to join the Q&A
  • 22 July 1pm – Click here to join the Q&A

Applications are currently open, and close 1 August 2021.

Meet Our Grads!

GovTechTalent is a graduate programme that develops graduates – the leaders of tomorrow - to influence and shape the way government serves whānau and communities. Apply here from 2 July 2022 – 1 August 2022.

When you apply, you’ll be allocated an SJS ‘buddy’ to support you throughout the entire process, and if succesful you’ll be mentored throughout the two-year programme.

GovTechTalent sets you up for long-term career success – by the end of the programme you will have a good idea of where you want to go next, and you will have all the support you need to get there.

In your second and third rotations you’ll be able to influence which projects you work on, while your first rotation will be carefully selected for you by your GovTechTalent mentors to ensure you’re set up for success.

Kicking off in February 2022, you will be working full-time for two years across three different government departments for eight months at a time. The government departments involved include the Ministry for Primary Industries, Ministry of Business and Innovation, Statistics New Zealand, Accident Compensation Corporation, Ministry of Education, Department of Internal Affairs and NZ Transport Agency to name a few.

You’ll be involved across workstreams with a unique digital focus, so an interest in the digital world is important - but you don’t have to be from a technology or digital study background.

If you have a bachelor’s degree, have graduated in the past 24 months, or are about to graduate, you’re most likely eligible to apply. And if you have studied something like information security, UX design or cybersecurity, we definitely want to hear from you!

To be considered for this programme, you must:

  • Be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
  • Be living in or willing to relocate to Wellington
  • Have graduated with (at minimum) a bachelor's degree within the last 24 months or be due to graduate in 2020
  • Be available to work from February 2021

No, not at all. It is helpful to have an interest or expertise in technology, but applicants are encouraged from all backgrounds.

“I was worried as I did not come from a digital/technical background. I now realise you don’t need a technical background, if you have an understanding of the technical details of the project at a high level and are willing to learn, there are many project areas that you can work in.” (Lisa Zondag, former GTT Graduate)

If you’ve graduated in the past 24 months or are due to graduate soon, and you’re looking for an opportunity to influence the way government engages with whānau and community, GovTechTalent could be the programme for you.

You don’t need to have a qualification in a technological or digital field, but interest in the digital world we live in is a good thing. If you’d like to explore multiple career paths across government and have the support of your peers and seniors throughout the entire process, GovTechTalent is the perfect opportunity for you.

If you can answer ‘yes’ to any of the questions below, we want to hear from you!

  • Passionate about making society a better place for your whānau and community?
  • Want to use your problem-solving skills, mana and positivity to influence government?
  • Keen to explore how the digital world can improve society?
  • Want to be part of a supportive, tight-knit community of graduates?

In your second and third rotations you’ll be able to influence which projects you work on, while your first rotation will be carefully selected for you by your GovTechTalent mentors to ensure you’re set up for success.

The programme is based in Wellington, beginning in February 2022. You will spend 24 months rotating through three of the participating government departments, spending eight months in each.

Salaries start at $50,000 per annum and this is under review for the 2022 intake.

The programme is based in Wellington, beginning in February 2022. You will spend 24 months rotating through three of the participating government departments, spending eight months in each.

There are approximately 25 roles available in the 2022 graduate intake.

During the programme, you will have the opportunity to work in a variety of workstreams (see the Workstreams tab to learn more!) such as user experience, security, project delivery, information and data, technology and digital integration.

While these are the main workstreams you’ll be involved in, you won’t necessarily be doing ‘technical’ work – you could be working as a policy analyst in the security team, for example, or as a project coordinator in the digital integration space.

In your second and third rotations you’ll be able to influence which projects you work on, while your first rotation will be carefully selected for you by your GovTechTalent mentors to ensure you’re set up for success.

The programme will allow you to:

  • Develop your technical and ‘soft’ skills, such as your communication and people skills
  • Try a variety of roles, tasks and work environments to help you find your ideal career path after the programme
  • Feel supported by a community of other graduates and colleagues in your workplace

"It has totally thrown out my original career aspirations. Every day another idea of what I could do comes up and broadens my thoughts. I have thought of doing UX, project delivery, programme management, policy, change management, the list just goes on".

(Kate Forward, former GTT graduate)

Apply from 02 July 2021 until 1 August 2021.

For more information about the recruitment process, see the Recruitment Process tab.

Hear from our current GovTechTalent graduates about what it’s like to be on the programme!

GovTechTalent applications are open on 2 July – 1 August 2021.

We want you to have the best chance of success. That’s why we're running a live Q&A panel via Zoom with our current GovtTechTalent graduates. The dates are:

6 July 3pm – https://dia-nz.zoom.us/j/83481593722?pwd=YXcwLzJzZzQzWTdJU1pJcHJTejM4UT09#success"

14 July 11am – https://dia-nz.zoom.us/j/82481899458?pwd=bm5RWE9YRG9RVHFzVmhQSE4zakFqZz09#success">

22 July 1pm – https://dia-nz.zoom.us/j/85274245087?pwd=dmRjOENTYVFRRU5HZ002eFdrSHVkUT09#success"

You will be mentored throughout each eight month rotation to ensure you feel supported and confident in your time on the programme.

GovTechTalent sets graduates up for long-term career success – by the end of the programme you will have a good idea of where you want to go next, and you will have all the support you need to get there. You’ll be assigned mentors throughout the programme who will help you navigate each rotation and answer any questions you have along the way.

In your second and third rotations you’ll be able to influence which projects you work on, while your first rotation will be carefully selected for you by your GovTechTalent mentors to ensure you’re set up for success.

In particular, you will have direct support from the following people who you’ll work closely with:

  • A GovTechTalent ‘buddy’ to support you throughout the application process
  • The GovTechTalent wellbeing committee
  • GovTechTalent Programme lead
  • Agency lead
  • Line manager

Applications are currently open, and close 1 August 2021.