Quick ITP update and upcoming events
The Steering Group for the skills component of the Industry Transformation Plan has kicked off, with a very awesome group of people helping steer the future plan for skills in Digital Tech.
Plus, all eligible members should now have received an invitation to get a mentor, be a mentor, or both! This is a really core part of professional development and we hope you're considering taking it up. And check out the next ITP Thursday Live Webinar, featuring Chorus' head of network strategy talking through the future of connectivity in NZ.
ITP Skills Steering Group kicks off
Lots of really positive comments and feedback sent through about last week's piece on education, from both industry folks and providers. Thanks for the feedback - it's always awesome hearing from our members.
Speaking of skills and education, we kicked off the first meeting of the Steering Group for the Digital Technologies Industry Transformation Plan Skills Workstream on Thursday. This is the group tasked with helping steer the skills component of the Plan - creating the plan for the future of industry skills in NZ.
One might argue we need a new name, because that sure is a mouthful. Someone on Twitter suggested SHIELD… much better!
I should point out - I say steer, because it's not going to be a group of people working within 4 walls and coming up with a plan and saying "this is it". The group is tasked with leading a consultative process based on evidence and input from as wide a group as possible.
The Steering Group members are:
- Paul Matthews (Chair), IT Professionals NZ
- Robyn Henderson, MBIE
- Andrew King, Principal, Oropi School
- Catherine Johnson, Core Education
- Chandra Harrison, Access Advisors
- David Glover, Unitec Institute of Technology
- Emily Fry, Mattr
- Jessica Te Moananui, Talent RISE
- Kate Pearce, TradeMe and Aotearoa Tech Union
- Kim Connolly-Stone, InternetNZ
- Malcolm Fraser, The Industry 4.0 Accelerator / Massey Uni
- Ruth Green-Cole, Developers Institute, Northland
- Sunit Prakash, SunIT Ltd
- Will Koning, Kantar
As well as a small group of advisors and a larger reference group of keenly interested experts, we'll be consulting with professionals, employers, the education sector, plus representatives from various under-represented groups to make sure that the plan addresses the mismatch between skills needs and supply, plus also ensures that some of the traditional areas of underrepresentation form part of the plan.
If you're interested in receiving more detailed updates and opportunities to have greater input into the plan as it's developed, sign up to join the Reference Group here.
Next Thursday ITP Live Webinar:
UFB and the Future of Fibre
4-5pm, Thursday 3 December 2020
Where would we be now without UFB?
Clearly the decisions made about connectivity and fibre a few years back unknowingly prepared New Zealand for the Covid-19 pandemic. With remote technology uptake at an all-time high now, what does the future hold?
Join Chorus' Network Strategy Manager Kurt Rodgers as he talks through the UFB rollout (the good, the bad and the ugly), the massive rise in data consumption, HyperFibre, and the future of connectivity in New Zealand. This will be a hugely interesting talk.
Get an ITP Industry Mentor
By now, all eligible members should have received an invitation to sign up for an industry Mentor, now a free service as part of ITP membership.
As you may know, ITP re-launched our Mentoring Programme this year as a more stream-lined and free service to members. We have lots of mentors ready to go and if you're keen to be advance your career, we can match you promptly and kick off your mentoring partnership.
What is the ITP Mentoring Programme?
The programme continues to be built around professional development or career-focused mentoring - helping IT professionals set clear career goals and objectives, understand that they have the ability to achieve these, and putting in place a plan to do it.
If you haven't been involved in mentoring before don't be shy - this programme is purpose built for you. The programme has been designed to scale and we see it as a core part of professional growth.
The programme is also completely free for non-student ITP members, as part of our overall goal to help further those in our community. We'll be providing other career guidance for students but mentoring is for those currently practicing.
Once matched, mentees and mentors can expect to meet once a month (for approximately an hour) over the 12-month period. This can be in-person of via a videocall. We provide guidance, resources, career planning templates and more, and you also have access to a mentoring facilitator to help work through any issues you might have along the way.
Now's the right time
It's been a tough year for everyone, but now is the absolute right time to focus on career development and the future. It's also a great time of year - we can get you set up now, meet your mentor before Christmas, then kick things off properly in the new year.
It's easy to get started - just join the mentoring programme online. We ask you a few questions to help match you to the perfect mentor and the whole process only takes around 10-15 minutes.
Exclusive ITP member offers
We're really excited to have a bunch of new deals and offers available for ITP members, thanks to some of our awesome Corporate Partners. Check them out on the ITP Member Offers page.
This includes huge offers on tech-related courses from Yoobee, NZSE and ITP, plus excellent offers from GoWirelessNZ, EscrowNZ, The IT Psychiatrist, insurance offerings, events and conferences and more.
Check out all of the ITP Member Offers
Offer of the week:
ITP members and partners exclusively receive no setup costs and 20% off the first year for new agreements.
If you're an ITP member or corporate partner, check them out here
123Tech National Finals
We're really excited about the Tahi Rua Toru Tech National Finals this year!
As most will know, Tahi Rua Toru Tech (123Tech) is NZ's in-school project-based digital tech challenge, with teams of students across New Zealand using digital tech to tackle a problem in their local school or community.
The challenge is co-funded by industry and Government, and many thousands of students have taken part over the last three years to help usher in the Digital Technologies curriculum.
Given Covid and its impact on travel and other activities, we've opted for a livestreamed broadcast event rather than the face-to-face finals event this year. While on one hand it'll be sad not to welcome all the finalists to Wellington, it gives us the opportunity to put together an amazing showcase of both school student work, and our industry.
The finals event will be in the afternoon of 10th December, so keep this free from 2pm. As well as announcing and celebrating the national winners live, the event will feature virtual tours and interviews with some of the most innovative tech companies in New Zealand and quite a few surprises!
Previous webinars - all available free to members
All past webinars are available on the ITP Video Library for members:
- Down-to-Earth Leadership Skills for Tech Geniuses
- How technology enabled the health response
- How Covid is impacting the Gaming Industry
- 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
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