Industry Connect is a company that has an attitude of the heart and a genuine desire to Succeed.

IC aims to make participants job-ready by the end of the programme, therefore meeting both the participants needs as well as a broader industry need.

As technology business owners, we see an increasing issue where there is a shortage of skilled software developers in the market to support business growth, however, at the same time recent graduates with acceptable grades, struggle to find their first entry-level role and get their careers underway.  There is a real risk that these technology graduates will be lost from the industry if they do not find their first role and instead pursue other employment options.

As employers and Senior IT Managers over the last 15 years, we have employed many technology graduates and believe we understand, and can address, the fundamental drivers of this problem. Our goal was to create a course that addresses these issues.

Often employers don’t want to invest in up-skilling a graduate in commercial software development tools and frameworks.  They would rather hire someone who already has acquired these skills elsewhere.

Many students that graduate university technology courses demonstrate introverted personality traits.  They are often quiet, shy or reserved and don’t effectively ‘sell’ themselves.  For some graduates it is their personality or communication skills, for others it’s cultural or english is a second language.

Many graduates don’t have the industry knowledge and confidence to approach the job hunt and talk with prospective employers effectively and therefore, they are not able to answer interview questions effectively.

Many graduates don’t have the industry connections to help them find their first job.

Our Vision – The Future University

We are working on Thunder University project  that introducing the Master-Apprentice model for the modern age!

Apprenticeships have a long tradition, dating back to around the 12th century. Training took place under the watch of experienced craftsmen where the apprentice received continuous mentoring. The Apprenticeship method focuses on the progressive development of skills in a real-world situation. The Master-Apprentice model is ideal for achieving employer requirements for junior employee roles.

Thunder University is a decentralized education ecosystem completely driven by the Industry, it is being built on top of blockchain technology. Our team is determined to reform education for the modern world in token-economy. For more about thunder.unversity

The IC Team

Juanita Strydom
General Manager


Karla Montgomery
Assistant to General Manager


Alecia Britz
Regional Business Development Manager - Melbourne

Mercia PretoriusSales

Kumaravel KarthikeyanTest Analyst Tutor
New Zealand / Worldwide (excluding Australia)


Aadhith Bose
Test Analyst Tutor
New Zealand / Worldwide (excluding Australia)

Lincoln Hu
BI Tutor
New Zealand / Worldwide (excluding Australia)

Ali Soleyman
BI Tutor
New Zealand / Worldwide (excluding Australia)

Kai Zhang
Software Developer
Champion Circle

Nitin Kukreja
Software Developer Tutor

Ray Tri NhamSoftware Developer Tutor

Frank Foo
BI Tutor