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New IT grad school meets urgent need

Friday, 7 March 2014

Signal ICT Grad School_226wide_150highSIGNAL - is the new ICT Grad School for the South Island. With studios in Dunedin and Christchurch, SIGNAL offers a host of innovative post-grad programmes for those wanting to shift into an IT role, or extension for those already in IT roles.

The school is a collaboration between Ara Institute of Canterbury, Lincoln University, Otago Polytechnic, the University of Canterbury and the University of Otago, where all five institutions are working together across industry-driven programmes committed to building the IT workforce of the South Island.

“SIGNAL as an entity is both agile and disruptive – it has to be to meet the very real and urgent needs of industry. But it also has the experience and teaching excellence of the five institutes behind it,” says SIGNAL director Stuart Charters.

“The timing of the ICT grad school couldn’t be better – businesses all over the south are challenged with how they keep up with tech which continues to gather speed.”

First cohort underway

SIGNAL’s four keystone programmes cover the range of IT needs: Educate for school teachers; Shift for those from other backgrounds wanting to move into the IT sector; Accelerate to supercharge recent grads’ skill set, and Xtend, working with tech leaders to ensure businesses are future-proofed. 

Dunedin’s SIGNAL site at 123 Vogel St kicked off with its first cohort of Shift students in February, Christchurch and Dunedin sites will host introduction Xtend and Accelerate workshops in March and Educate has its first boot camp at 181 High Street, Christchurch in April.

SIGNAL will also offer short-form courses.

Enrolments are open for our second Shift cohort to start in Christchurch in June. To find out more about SIGNAL, visit or contact