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Update from ITPNZ

Paul Matthews. 26 July 2019, 9:00 am
Update from ITPNZ

Here's a quick weekly update from ITP CEO Paul Matthews.

The first 3 keynotes for ITx Rutherford 2019 have been announced and it really is an awesome line-up covering AI, Security, and wellbeing in the workplace. And this is just the first three keynotes of over 75 speakers, facilitators and presenters at what will be the tech event of the year.

Australian ICT Professional of the year and renown AI guru Dheeren Velu will be talking AI developments and what it means for ethics. And don't miss the hugely entertaining security guru duo of Andy Prow and Kirk Jackson, recreating 10 years of security breaches live on stage. Plus Umbrella Health founder Gaynor Parkin on psychological safety in the workplace.

Also, reviews, reviews, reviews! Let us know what the review of the sub-degree qualification landscape should look at, plus NZQA are consulting on changes to the overall Qualifications Framework and the outcome of the big one is being announced next week: The Review of Vocational Education.


ITx Rutherford 2019 - First keynotes announced 

We're really excited to announce the first 3 keynotes for ITx Rutherford 2019, New Zealand's conference of tech in October: 


Dheeren Velu

AI Guru
and Australian ICT Professional of the Year 2018

Dheeren is one of Australasia's leading gurus on Artificial Intelligence, having worked extensively on IBM breakthrough Watson project and several other early commercial AI implementations. 

Now heading up CapGemini's AI practice, Dheeren has had 14 years of senior leadership roles in IBM, In2IT Technologies and CBA Strategic IT with a strong focus on AI. Dheeren will be talking about some of the latest developments in AI, and the ethical challenges they present.



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Andy Prow and Kirk Jackson

Security gurus

One of NZ's most well-known security experts, Andy Prow is the CEO and Co-Founder of RedShield Security, a NZ founded and now globally expanding cyber-security company with staff and customers in New Zealand, Australia, USA and UK. 

At ITx Rutherford, Andy and RedShield Security Researcher Kirk Jackson will recreate actual security breaches that have happened to global corporations, showing how sophisticated attackers are (or aren't), and helping us understand how to defend against these attacks as they outline 10 years of security breaches... what have we learnt? 



Gaynor Parkin

Wellbeing guru

Gaynor is a Clinical Psychologist who founded Umbrella Health, New Zealand's leading workplace wellbeing practice. She's a workplace wellbeing expert and as an author, has contributed greatly to the field.

Gaynor will outline real, practical steps to improve psychological safety in the workplace, and how improving psychological safety has been proven to increase innovation, the amount of learning individuals make from mistakes, and staff engagement.


And more

We'll be announcing four more top-level keynotes, along with over 75 other speakers, facilitators and ITx Rutherford presenters, over the coming weeks.

ITx Rutherford will take place in Nelson on 9-11th October 2019. Don't miss out on the tech event of the year. Earlybird tickets go on sale next week!

More info on ITx Rutherford


Quick steer on ICT Qualifications Review

IT Professionals NZ (ITP) and the NZQA National Qualifications Service are co-developers of all sub-degree qualifications on the NZ Qualifications Framework in New Zealand. We've recently commenced a scheduled review of the 14 qualifications added in 2015.
ITP is responsible for coordinating and leading the steering group for this review. We would love an indication from you about what areas you think are important for the review to concentrate on.
It would be great if you could take 2 minutes to complete the following quick survey and let us know what you see as a priority area for consideration. Note that we will undertake a full consultation in relation to any changes being suggested.
Complete the quick survey here.
You can find more details about the current qualifications here. The survey officially closes today, however we'll keep it open until 5pm Sunday.


A Qualifications Framework for the future? 

Speaking of the Qualifications Framework, separate from the above, ITP has been involved in the steering group of the NZQA review of New Zealand's Qualification Framework and while our input has been a little limited, we're really excited about the direction it's taking. 

I'm happy to pass on this update from NZQA:

NZQA is reviewing the NZQF to ensure it is fit for purpose, flexible and adaptive to the future needs of learners, employers, communities and iwi, and better reflects New Zealand's cultural context.

NZQA first consulted on the proposed changes in October 2018. Our initial consultation paper had four high level proposals for discussion. Following the initial consultation, we now have eight detailed proposals.

  • Including a wider range of quality assured education products onto a broader qualifications and credentials framework
  • Embedding transferable competencies into the NZQF
  • Ensuring that vocational qualifications can be registered at the higher levels of the NZQF
  • Addressing the level 7 Diploma issues
  • Addressing the level 8 Bachelor Honours Degree issues
  • Supporting the development of degree apprenticeships
  • Addressing the other technical issues raised in the review
  • Making the NZQF easier to use and more relevant to all stakeholders.

Please see the NZQF review page for the second consultation paper and how to give feedback.

The consultation closes at 9am on Monday 9 September. 

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, we see the concept of Apprenticeship Degrees as a potentially really positive thing for our sector - blending classroom-based education with industry training at degree level. It's not without its challenges, but to see this highlighted as one of the core items in the NZQF review is great. 

Broadening the Qualifications Framework also opens up a lot of opportunities for things like micro-credentials, and various other approaches to education in future.


And… another! RoVE announcement next Thursday

Education Minister Chris Hipkins is announcing the direction of the Review of Vocational Education via livestream at lunchtime next Thursday. 

This is the review that proposes to merge all of the country's Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics, change up funding, revamp workplace-based learning and reinvigorate the industry's involvement in vocational education.

You can watch the announcement live at 12pm next Thursday, 1 August on the Ministry of Education's Facebook page.


RNZ New Tech: Facial Recognition, Drones, and 123Tech!

I spoke with Kathryn Ryan on RNZ's Nine to Noon yesterday about the pros and cons of facial recognition and drones, plus Tahi Rua Toru Tech and the Digital Technologies curriculum rollout in schools.

You can listen to the podcast here.


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