Tech week discussion tackles the future’s workforce

Trudy Woolley says an augmented workforce, with machines and humans, is something to be embraced.

The Innovation Academy in Whangaparāoa is hosting a panel discussion on Thursday, May 23 at 7pm that looks at how work may evolve in the future.

The event is part of Tech Week, a nationwide initiative to raise awareness of the development of technology in New Zealand.

The Whangaparāoa event will focus on disruptive technologies and how they will shape New Zealand’s workforce into a “gig economy” where freelance, short-term work will become more prevalent.

Sitting on the panel are software developer Gordon Woolley, TPT Group founder and chief executive Mike Marr and web designer Joel Woolley.

The event is free of charge and anyone interested is welcome to attend.

Innovation Academy chief executive Trudy Woolley says the discussion’s purpose is to look at the changes and ramifications of this new workforce, and to show people that developing technology is not something to be afraid of.

“People tend to find disruptive technologies scary as they are taking over certain jobs – such as the three new cleaning robots at Auckland Airport,” Trudy says.

“Many people will have to re-train in creative and social employment, but as long as they have this opportunity, this is not a bad thing,” she says. “Many of us are capable of up-skilling, we just haven’t been given the chance.”

Trudy learnt the importance of upskilling first-hand when her husband was made redundant from his software position in Hamilton, forcing the family to move to Auckland for work five years ago.

The event is at the Innovation Academy, 5 Link Crescent, Stanmore Bay. Pre-registration is not needed.

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