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ITP Update: NZ's future tech talent needs

Paul Matthews, ITP Chief Executive. 28 September 2020, 4:09 pm
ITP Update: NZ's future tech talent needs

This week we're asking for your help as we work to understand the future skill needs in our industry, as much as possible in the current environment anyway.

Please do take a few mins to help us out (below) or pass the request onto the right person in your organisation.

We're also excited to be hosting PikPok's Mario Wynands this week, talking about game development and the impact of Covid. That'll be an absolute cracker of a session - and we have more great webinars coming up as well. And if you're hiring or looking for work, check out the excellent resources from ITP Corporate Partner Robert Walters to help you get set.


What are New Zealand's future digital skill needs?

It's certainly been a rough year for many companies in New Zealand and around the world. Now more than ever, it's essential we get a good picture of New Zealand's future digital tech skill needs.

We need your help - as a Digital Skills Forum initiative in partnership with NZTech, MBIE and NZRise, we're working together to understand what these future skill needs are. And we need your help by taking the time to let us know your company's perspective.

We know you're busy but this isn't "just another survey". The results will be used to set policy and decisions with real implications for our industry, through the Industry Transformation Plan and other Government and industry initiatives.

Ideally, the most senior person involved in skills and hiring in your organisation should complete the survey, getting help as needed. If that's not you, could you forward this on to them? It should only take 10-15 minutes and is really important.

Complete the skills survey here


This week's Thursday Live Webinar:
How Covid is impacting the Gaming Industry

Thursday Live Gaming

PikPok (previously Sidhe Interactive) is one of NZ's most successful publishers of fun and addictive games across smartphone, tablet, and desktop. They're a global success story, founded right here in New Zealand.

Come and join PikPok Co-founder and Chief Executive Mario Wynands as he talks through developments in the gaming sector over the last few years, and especially the significant impact that Covid-19 has had recently. There are significant immediate and ongoing implications for the digital sector overall.

Mario has been called the "Godfather of video game development in New Zealand" for his huge efforts both building the largest game development studio in New Zealand, but also helping nurture new talent and start-up studios. 

This will be an interesting and informative talk and as always, there'll be plenty of time for Q&A, with ITP CEO Paul Matthews putting your questions to Mario. And as always, it'll kick off with our Tech Media Panel.

More info and register here


Other Upcoming Webinars

This week's Thursday Live (above) is going to be awesome. We're also excited to be hosting Shayne Hunter in a fortnight, head of Data & Digital at the Ministry of Health and talking about tech's role in the health response to Covid. Both are not to be missed (details on this one later in the week).

We're also (finally) finalising the date for the Great ITP Tech Policy Debate with the spokespeople from the major political parties. We've been working on this for a little while trying to finalise a date. We'll hopefully release full details in the next day or so - look out for it.


Welcome to our new ITP Corporate Partners 

We're really excited to welcome the following companies to our Corporate Partner Programme:

  • Softsource - an ICT systems integrator providing specialist Technology Solutions, Professional Services, Technical expertise and Data Centre Services to the Corporate and Enterprise markets.
  • TechTime - a Wellington-based Atlassian Solution Partner, software development company and IT Services provider since 2005. TechTime build bespoke Atlassian apps for your requirements.
  • EmployNZ - a NZQA Category One provider based in the Bay of Plenty. They offer a range of programmes including IT Diplomas in the Technical Support and Systems Administration strands.

ITP Corporate Partners are part of our community - they support the development of our profession and growth of tech professionals.

Corporate Partners also get a range of other benefits including free individual membership and heavily discounted membership and events for staff. More info


Hiring resources for the "New normal" 

Our friends and ITP Corporate Partners Robert Walters have released a range of white papers and advice for hiring in the new normal, including remote hiring, remote onboarding, staff well-being, changes in work and hiring for AI and ML.

You can access these resources here:


Cybersecurity short courses - essential content

In light of the recent attacks on NZX and others, we've been asked to schedule more of our cybersecurity short courses over the next month or so. These are perfect for tech professionals to help ensure you have the core stuff covered, while also helping put in place plans should you be the victim of an attack.

The following courses are on offer in the next 3 weeks:

Cybersecurity Self-assessment

29 September (TOMORROW)- This half-day Cybersecurity Self-assessment course is intended for those wishing to self-assess their organization's ability to respond to a range of potential cybersecurity threats following established methodologies. Self-assessment allows you to make informed decisions about your security spend rather than relying only on compliance requirements or vendor statements.

Hands-on security: Testing your web apps for exploits

6 October (NEXT WEEK) - Our new full-day "Hands-on security" course is a comprehensive one-day course covering the most common current web security exploits and the tools that developers, testers, engineers and security analysts can use every day to detect and protect against vulnerabilities.

Cybersecurity Incident Response Playbooks

13 October - The half-day Cybersecurity Incident Response Playbooks course is intended for those wishing to develop incident response playbook(s) for their organization to respond to a range of potential cybersecurity threats. The course covers best practice cyber-response playbooks following the NIST cyber-response frameworks.

Our half-day courses are from $300+GST per person, and the full-day course is from $430+GST. Members and non-members welcome, however see the website for member and corporate partner pricing.

This really is inexpensive compared with similar courses elsewhere and not much given the cost of getting these things wrong.

All are delivered live online, so participate from anywhere. Also, talk to us about bulk deals to ensure your whole staff are covered.

There are very limited places so get in touch quick if you're interested in this (or register for the individual sessions above).


Previous webinars - all available free to members

All past webinars are available on the ITP Video Library for members:

  • Creating a plan for Digital Skills
  • Cybersecurity and the recent attacks
  • Tech legal update - what you need to know
  • An afternoon with Nanogirl
  • Taking kiwi tech to the post-Covid world
  • Tech startups in a post-Covid world
  • The IRD Transformation
  • Digital Government and Covid-19
  • Tech and the Covid-19 recovery
  • Privacy in the days of Covid-19
  • Leading Wellness in uncertain times
  • Meet the ITP Workshop Presenters
  • The data behind Covid19
  • Innovation in tough times: Don't Hunker in the Bunker
  • Covid19: Tech and the Law
  • Cybersecurity from home
  • Clarke Ching on disaster innovation
  • CITPNZ and CTech: The What, How and Why
  • Working Remotely - How to get through

Check out the webinar section here


Save the Date - ITx 2020/2021

After postponing ITx this year due to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, we are beyond excited to announce the dates for ITx 2021 - 3-5 May 2021 at TSB Arena in Wellington.

ITx is a collaborative conference, with around 12 tech organisations working together to make it happen. We work with the other organisations to bring all of these communities together.

As always the conference focuses on bringing tech professionals, decision-makers, leaders and academics together under one roof - it really is where industry and education come together to learn, engage and network. We will also be celebrating 60 years of IT Professionals NZ!


Have a great week.


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