Many businesses perceive real value in supporting professional
affiliation to the BCS and IET and there are signs that the IT
industry will move to a more formally regulated basis in the
The event provides an opportunity to hear what the IET and BCS
offer to local businesses that are consumers or vendors of IT. In
particular the value of ICTTech and CITP professional registration
to those businesses will be addressed. There will also be speakers
from local businesses who are fully engaged with the BCS and IET
and from a leading training supplier.
This is an informal event with morning coffees and a buffet
lunch and there is an opportunity to network with other IT users
and representatives of the institutions. It will end with a Q&A
panel comprising the speakers and other representatives of the
The intended audience is IT managers and HR professionals with
an interest in IT staffing.
10:30 Welcome – Fran Jones – ARM IT Recruitment
10:35 Sarah Greasley FIET FBCS CITP – Open Group
Distinguished Certified IT Architect
Sarah will give an IBM point of view on the value of
professional affiliation in the IT industry and give some insights
into where the IT Industry is moving in terms of national and
global professional standards.
Sarah is leader of the IBM UK IT Architect Profession and
applies her profession on the Financial Services Industry. Sarah
also serves on two joint membership working groups: one with the
BCS and the other with IET. These are used to promote professional
affiliation and registration within IBM.
11:00 Paul Stephens – South East Regional Development
Paul will give an overview of the IET, their 21st Century
Strategy, the benefits of providing staff with A Professional Home
for Life and the value of Developing and Recognising Staff Through
Paul works with the engineering, IT and communications sectors
to help increase professional standards within the industry. One of
Paul's primary roles is to provide engineers and technicians with a
clear route to achieving professional registration
11:25 First SMB speaker to give point of
11:50 Adam Thilthorpe – BCS Director for
Adam is responsible for the Chartered IT Professional
registration conferred by the BCS. This has recently been revised
to provide some guarantee of competence in current practice by its
holders. Adam will talk about the new CITP and give the BCS's point
of view on drivers to industry standards within the IT
12:15 Buffet lunch
13:00 Fran Jones – ARM IT Recruitment
Fran will give an overview of the industry as he sees it.
13:25 Second SMB speaker to give point of
13:50 Simon Vallance – Learning Solutions Manager,
Professional accreditation is a marathon not a sprint.
Much of the growth of professional certifications has developed
because they provide evidence of professional knowledge and
expertise. But have we become too reliant on obtaining
qualifications at the expense of developing skills and work
competencies? Are we focusing too much on what is easy to measure
rather than what the organisation actually needs from its people?
Simon discusses how training providers can provide the fuel, but
how organisations must assume responsibility for keeping the fire
alight by harnessing technology to create communities of best
Simon has over 16 years' experience of providing consultancy in
learning strategy and instructional design to a wide range of blue
chip organisations and UK government departments. These engagements
have involved activity throughout the training and learning
development cycle from the identification of training needs, to the
design, development, delivery and evaluation of learning programmes
and training materials. In his role at Global Knowledge, Simon
provides guidance on the implementation of learning strategies,
solutions and developmental issues in support of major change
programmes. He has a particular interest in how technology can
support and enhance learning as well as assist business change.
14:20 Question and Answer Session (with
Panellists: Sarah Greasley, Paul Stephens, Adam Thilthorpe, Fran
Jones, Simon Vallance, two SMB speakers and also:
Keith Richardson – Area Manager (North), IET
Keith manages a team of IET Regional Development Managers who
work with the engineering, IT and Communications sectors to help
increase professional standards within the industry. Keith is also
the IET product champion for ICT Tech qualification.
Richard Moore – Vice Chairman, IET Solent Network and Member of
the IBM Academy of Technology
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