New Zealand's need to address the ICT (Information Communications Technology) skills shortage is the issue of the day at the ICT Skills Workshop this Friday 28 September 2007. Led by the ICT skills growth organization Accelerating Auckland, the workshop is being held in conjunction with the Department of Labour and represents a ground-breaking model of public-private partnership for strengthening communities and industries to grow the economy.
While a number of established ICT skills development projects are delivering significant results for the sector across New Zealand, and there is broad recognition of the importance of national collaboration on skills development, the workshop’s facilitators said little has been done to support the sharing of knowledge and information, the exchange of best practice knowledge, or the delivery of collaborative initiatives on a national scale.
The workshop will bridge those gaps by planning the formation of an agreed national collaborative structure for the delivery of regional and nationwide ICT skills initiatives; the establishment of potential collaborative projects and partners for delivery in 2008; the agreement to collectively explore the resources to deliver these projects; and the presentation at the Digital Future Summit to invite broader engagement in this work.
The workshop will help identify where processes can be streamlined between the public and private sectors. It forms part of a broader ICT skills development programme focused on building, attracting and retaining talent, both by initially bringing people into strong ICT training and education programmes, and then by ensuring a variety of jobs are available to graduates and specialists.
Followed the workshop, the Auckland Hiring IT - International Job Expo on Saturday 29 September is another public-private venture aimed at building the ICT sector for New Zealand's economic benefit by matching employers and vacancies with skilled migrants seeking employment in New Zealand.
The pilot is focusing on international university graduates, working holidaymakers, tourists, temporary visa holders and skilled workers who may not currently be working in their field of qualification.
Auckland Hiring IT is being facilitated by the Department of Labour and the ICT skills development organization Accelerating Auckland, with the support of Tourism Auckland. The event is one of a number of established ICT skills development projects delivering significant results for the sector across New Zealand.
Both events are happening at the Sky City Convention Centre, Federal Street, Auckland CBD.