2degrees partners with First Foundation to help nurture talent

At 2degrees, we know the first step to a career can be the hardest, and that’s why we are thrilled to begin a partnership with the First Foundation. First Foundation is an amazing organisation that guides young adults into tertiary education

First Foundation recognises that not everyone has access to the same resources, networks and connections, and with a little help great talent from a range of backgrounds will thrive.

First Foundation scholars are often the first in their families to go to tertiary study.

Starting this year, 2degrees will provide financial support to a First Foundation scholar to help cover their university costs. The telco will also provide mentoring and paid work experience to a scholar, to help them embark on a career post study.

CEO Mark Callander says “First Foundation is transformative. They make a real difference in the lives of young people, and without them, some of these scholars would never get the chance to go to university.

“We are proud of our purpose – Fighting for Fair – and First Foundation activity fits perfectly with what we are trying to achieve. It’s only fair that bright talent gets the opportunity to shine at tertiary education and ultimately in their career.”

The scholarship sits alongside our early in career talent programmes including internships offered through our partner TupuToa, retail apprenticeships with certification delivered with the support of Te Pūkenga / Service IQ and a very successful 2degrees in-house graduate programme.

“Much of the top talent at our organisation has grown organically from within. Combined with a range of formalised programmes such as First Foundation’s, I look forward to seeing more young people flourish in their careers.’’

Kirk Sargent, CEO of First Foundation says he’s delighted to welcome 2degrees as a partner.

“2degrees and First Foundation are both working to ensure Kiwis have a fairer shot at building great futures. Together, we’re doing this in such a tangible and specific way.

“In low-income families, young people are more likely to go straight from school into low-skilled work to help support their families. This keeps the cycle of poverty going, leading to another generation in low-skilled work. Yet, thanks to 2degrees, more bright young Kiwis from challenging backgrounds can choose a different path,” Kirk explains. 

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