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Update from ITPNZ

Paul Matthews. 07 June 2019, 7:00 am
Update from ITPNZ

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

I'm currently on my way to Hong Kong for the annual Seoul Accord meeting, joining our Accreditations Board Chair Prof Steve MacDonell and Chief Visit Manager Murray Wills to work with a heap of other countries on ensuring tech-related degrees in New Zealand are world-leading, responsive to industry needs, and recognised as such globally.

ALSO: Earlier this week the Digital Skills Forum met to look at the future work programme based on the Hui held a couple of months ago, ITP branch and board elections kick off today, and we're in the midst of a Call for Presentations for ITx Rutherford 2019 - New Zealand's conference of tech. 

Digital Skills Forum focused on Hui outcomes and Internships

The Digital Skills Forum met this week to discuss the initial findings from the Digital Skills Hui held in Wellington at the end of March, plus the next stages in some focused work on tech-related internships. 

As regular readers will know, the Digital Skills Forum is a Industry/Government collaboration working to address the underlying issues related to the ICT and digital skills shortage, plus provide a single point of connection for both Govt and Industry skills initiatives. 

ITP is a founding member of the Forum, alongside two other industry bodies and a broad range of Government agencies including the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, the Government Chief Digital Office, Dept of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Ministry of Education and others.

The Forum recently held a big Hui, bringing together 300 key stakeholders working to improve digital skills, and collected a huge amount of feedback on strategies and activities the sector as a whole could take to address some of the challenges we face.

But now is the time to move from Hui to Do-ey.

This week the Forum met to consider some of the initial findings from the Hui and the direction to take the work programme for here. As part of this, a deeper analysis is being undertaken on feedback to put together a work programme of action over the next 12 months. Crucially, this will involve a big coordinated approach from many people and there will be lots of opportunities for ITP members to get involved. More on that in due course.

Moving Internships forward

One of the key themes from the Hui was internships, and the need to remove some of the barriers to companies taking on interns. As well as bridging the gap between study and industry, internships also help companies innovate; with a strong focus on Research and Development.

The Forum recently commissioned detailed research on Internships, including primary research looking at what employers and others saw as the barriers to taking on interns. This research is complete and Forum members now have a detailed report. Work is underway this month to summarise some of the key points of this in an easily-digestible format.

So why do internships matter anyway?

Take a look at this impact breakdown from Summer of Tech, our sector's largest student internship programme. Summer of Tech (and other initiatives like SSJ in Dunedin) are making a massive difference but they need your support. If you're an employer, do think very seriously about taking on an intern this summer.

ITP Branch Committee and Board voting opens today

Elections for ITP Branch Committees across New Zealand, as well as ITP's National Board, open today.

We're really excited about the level of engagement currently. In fact we have more candidates than ever before - with 54 nominations made across New Zealand, joining another 29 members who are currently mid-term. This is across Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Hamilton, Tauranga, Dunedin, Nelson and Palmerston North.

ITP Full Members and Fellows will receive an email later today with details on how to vote. 

Good luck to all candidates and thanks so much to everyone who put their hand up to pull up sleeves and make a difference to the profession in their area. It's great to be a part of an organisation with so many people who genuinely want to help support their local industry. 

Good luck to the 123Tech team!

Our Tahi Rua Toru Tech Team are a finalist in the Engaging New Zealand in ICT Award at the CIO Awards, with the winners announced next Wednesday.

Good luck to the team, along with all of the finalists in all of the categories - a bunch of people doing great things in tech.

ITx Rutherford: Call for Presentations and Sponsorship

And lastly, just a reminder about the Call for Presentations for ITx Rutherford in October. Are you keen to speak at our industry's premiere tech and innovation event? More info here 

And if your company is interested in supporting ITx Rutherford, check out the Sponsorship Prospectus [PDF].


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