Update from ITPNZ
Here's a quick weekly update from ITP CEO Paul Matthews.
Just a quick update from ITP this week, as we conclude the first week of a 2-week roadshow around our branches.
ITP on the Road
This week I've been "on the road", talking and presenting to members with ITP President Mike Dennehy and ITP Director of Digital Capability Daniel Merriott on ITP's strategic plan, work programme, and new free Digital Capability offering for Corporate Partners.
The last few days we were in Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga, and in fact I'm writing this from Tauranga airport about to head back to Wellington. It's been really awesome catching up with our local members and branch committees in these areas, as well as others heading along to find out what it's all about.
Interested in what we're all about? Why we exist, what we're aiming to do over the next few year and what we're working on now? Come along next week. We're also really keen to hear your thoughts on both what we're doing, and what you think we should be doing.
If you're in Dunedin, Christchurch, Nelson, Wellington or Palmerston North, come check us out next week! It's free whether you're a member or not and we'd love to see you there.
Review of Vocational Education
Just a reminder that the consultation period for the Review of Vocational Education closes today. This is the proposal to merge all of the Polytechnics and Institutes of Technology in NZ, change the industry involvement model, revamp funding, and move the in-work education responsibilities from ITOs to the new mega-polytechnic.
ITPNZ has been reviewing this in significant detail and engaging with Government about what it will mean for our sector. There are some challenges with the current model (for example, the lack of consideration around degree provision) but there are also some great opportunities. Our role is to ensure Government hears our sector's concerns.
We're also excited by the potential opportunity provided by the Industry Skills Bodies, part of the proposal, but again this will only be effective if the model is open and flexible.
ITPNZ has put in a submission, alongside CITRENZ (the body representing the computing/IT schools of the polytech sector) and the Engineering Leadership Forum.
It's not too late to have your say. Click here for more info
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