Otago Polytechnic


SIGNAL ICT Graduate School – focused on employment

NZ’s growing Tech sector has opportunities for people from all backgrounds and skill sets.

Whether you’re looking for a career change, reentering the workforce, have recently graduated, or require Tech-focused professional development – Signal can help.

Through Signal, people without a Tech background can gain relevant work-ready Tech skills, and those already working in the Tech or education sectors can enhance their knowledge, skills and career outcomes with tailored professional development.

Developed in partnership within industry and leading tertiary providers, Signal offers several programmes delivered through a variety of methods, including studio-based projects, seminars, industry placements, mentoring and work-based learning.


"As a design graduate, I love design but I'm interested in understanding the backend mechanism of a website. SHIFT is enabling me to do this ... it's a very open programme - we can focus on directions that we individually want to pursue. I think it will give me more choice when I go to the job market."

Aman Jamwal
Bachelor of Design (Communication)



Diploma for Graduates, endorsed in ICT
1 year full-time or part-time over a longer period

SHIFT combines classroom/lecture theatre-based learning with real-life, value-adding industry projects, internships, and industry visits. Graduates are work ready and gain the opportunity to develop their own personal Tech sector network.

Full-time: Starts in Semester 1 each year (but you may need to complete a Summer School foundation paper first)

Part-time: You can start in Semester 1 or 2, or in Summer School.

Who is SHIFT for?

  • Degree holders with non-Tech backgrounds (currently working or looking to reenter the workforce) who are wishing to move into a Tech-focused role
  • Recent graduates wanting to enhance their existing qualification with Tech skills to improve their employment prospects
  • People with a Tech background who wish to gain a new Tech specialisation and expand their industry network


Postgraduate Certificate in Education
2 years – completed while you work

EDUCATE provides professional development for delivering the New Zealand Digital Technologies curriculum. This programme is spread across two years and is designed to fit around current work commitments.

Who is EDUCATE for?

  • Primary and secondary school teachers who want to develop their knowledge and skills to teach the fast-growing area of Digital Technologies


Master of Professional Practice
18 months - completed while you work

XTEND takes you to the next level as a technical, peer, thought or people leader. Built around your everyday work schedule, the programme is cleverly tailored to your individual needs, and meshes with your company's strategy. The in-work design means you can continue to earn while also upskilling.

Who is XTEND for?

  • Tech professionals working in industry who wish to develop Tech leadership capabilities

TECH Guild

Professional development for people in the Tech sector

TECH Guild is the professional development wing of SIGNAL, catering to individuals and organisations already working in the Tech sector. Professional development can be customised to meet the needs of individuals, or a company’s entire Tech department, or their non-tech specialists. A formal master’s qualification can be awarded, such as through XTEND, or training can be delivered so participants obtain specific skills and knowledge to suit a particular work place requirement, and apply it to their work environment immediately.


SIGNAL is powered by Otago Polytechnic, the University of Otago, Ara Institute of Canterbury, the University of Canterbury and Lincoln University. For specific programme details:

Visit www.signal.ac.nz  |  Phone 0800 990 024  | Email info@signal.ac.nz