The Digital Skills Forum Charter has been updated and revised. You can read the updated Digital Skills Forum Charter 2019 here.

The Charter was first published in 2015 when the forum was formed, members have refreshed and revised the language, ambition, areas of focus and membership to reflect current state including our objectives, scope, focus, outcomes and operating model. We have also looked to strengthen the Charter with regards the importance of Digital Skills in the Future of Work context, how this Forum connects with other Government led initiatives also focusing in this space.

If you are new to the Digital Skills Forum or our work the extract below provides a great introductory overview.

Background/Context

Digital skills are critical to Aotearoa’s future. They are essential to the growth of our tech sector and other sectors of the economy that increasingly rely on digital technology. With digital skills we can move more New Zealanders into highly paid work in digital technology careers. We can also help prepare for the technological disruption that industries face, and for future of work challenges.

It is widely acknowledged that there is a digital skills shortage across New Zealand’s economy and the global workforce more generally. Digital technology businesses report problems attracting, developing, and retaining people with the technical and creative skills they need. Not enough people choose digital technology careers and there is often a mismatch between what the education system provides and what the tech ecosystem needs. Employers are not offering enough on-job training, and there is a lack of diversity in our digital technology workforce.

The Digital Skills Forum (referred to as the Forum, and formerly known as the ICT Workforce Skills Forum) was established by Government in 2015. The aim was to bring government and industry together to collaborate on ideas and mechanisms to address digital skills and diversity challenges. Together, Forum members identify key skills issues or opportunities in the ICT and digital sectors (and in other sectors that rely on digital technology), and use insights, resources and influence to help address them.

Engaging people from different backgrounds, views and experiences is critical to building the skills and talent New Zealand needs. The Forum is committed to promoting, diversity, equality, respect and inclusion so that the sector represents the community of which we are all a part.

Any questions on the Charter or our work please feel free to ask via posting a comment on this update.

Ngā mihi, Victoria, Chair Digital Skills Forum