Update from ITPNZ
Here's a quick weekly update from ITP CEO Paul Matthews.
It's been a busy couple of weeks for the ITP team, with a combination of planning for the year plus putting into place the first initiatives for 2019.
2019 ITP Work Programme
As well as "business as usual" activities, the annual work programme was approved by the National Board late last year and includes the following core projects:
- CITPNZ and CTech awareness campaign - this is a top priority for 2019. ITP operates a highly regarded certification programme for IT Professionals and you'll be seeing more about this in 2019 with a campaign raising awareness of this with employers and the public.
Those with CITPNZ and CTech are independently verified, up-to-date, bound by a Code of Ethics and are proven able to deliver results. Find out more on the ITP website.
- Supporting professional development - as noted briefly late last year, ITP has created a division, headed up by senior SFIA consultant Daniel Merriott, focused specifically on helping IT professionals and companies assess, support, develop and benchmark their IT-related skills.
There is lots planned for this over the next year or two, including an ability for Corporate Partners to access a free advisory service, consulting services for implementation, self-assessment for members and more. More on this next week.
- Growing Tahi Rua Toru Tech - ITP has partnered with the Ministry of Health, Royal Society Te Apārangi, Digital Technologies Teachers Aotearoa, Code Club Aotearoa, CITRENZ and others to create Tahi Rua Toru Tech, NZ's Digital Challenge in schools.
We're aiming for 8,000 students taking part in 123Tech this year and there are heaps of ways you can get involved. Look out for our call for student team mentors shortly.
- Expansion of Immigration assessment - ITP currently provides an assessment of qualifications to determine IT skills for immigration purposes, used by Immigration NZ when determining eligibility. In partnership with NZQA and Immigration NZ, we're looking to expand our involvement in this space.
- 2019 Mini-ITx conference - look for an announcement shortly…
- Seoul Accord review - ITP formally accredits Computing and IT-related Bachelor Degrees in New Zealand, and this year we're undertaking a scheduled review by the international Seoul Accord to confirm that our Degree Accreditation programmes are world-leading and eligible for cross-recognition with the other Accord countries.
- ITP Mentoring programme - deferred from last year due to changes in the work programme, we're shortly re-launching our comprehensive Mentoring Programme with some significant changes.
We also have a whole heap of other activities on-the-go including a full content refresh of the ITP website, short courses, wide national and local event programmes (both in-person and digitally delivered), re-run of our hugely successful Become an Effective CIO course and more.
We'll also be proposing some changes to our membership structure to ensure ITP membership is open and inclusive (while ensuring that IT Professionals who "do it right" are still recognised) plus have a handful of internal projects on the go.
So yes, a busy start to a busy year.
ITP Professional Indemnity Insurance Scheme
Due to a number of service and other issues, ITP have undertaken a process over the last few months to appoint a new broker for the ITP insurance scheme for 2019 and beyond. We are pleased to announce that we have appointed Rothbury Insurance Brokers to run the scheme for us from this point on.
Rothbury and ITP have been working hard to ensure the best possible deal for members for 2019 in light of significant cost increases across the insurance industry and are pleased to announce the scheme terms for 2019.
With Professional Indemnity, Public Liability and Statutory Liability cover from just $449+GST per annum for ITP members, the ITP scheme has saved many of our members significantly in insurance costs.
If you currently hold insurance in the scheme you need to renew prior to 1 February to ensure your insurance is maintained. This is essential. You should have received an email earlier this week, otherwise email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you're an IT consultant or small tech-related company and aren't currently in the scheme, you should be! Professional Indemnity, Public Liability and Statutory Liability cover is absolutely essential and you can get the lot from $449+GST per annum (conditions apply), but only from the ITP cover for ITP members. This includes a significant discount for senior professionals with CITPNZ certification.
Check out the ITP website for more information.
Christine Harrison at Rothbury will be looking after the scheme and her team will answer all questions from this point on. You can contact her at email@example.com.
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