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ICT Skills Equivalence Assessment Programme


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RFx ID : 18591036
Tender Name : ICT Skills Equivalence Assessment Programme
Reference # : 637
Open Date : Monday, 24 April 2017 3:00 PM (Pacific/Auckland UTC+12:00)
Close Date : Monday, 22 May 2017 12:00 PM (Pacific/Auckland UTC+12:00)
Tender Type : Request for Proposals (RFP)
Tender Coverage : Sole Agency  [?]
Categories :
  • 81110000 - Computer services
  • 86000000 - Education and Training Services
  • New Zealand
Required Pre-qualifications : None
Contact : Katherine Shufflebotham
04 901 4129
Alternate Physical Delivery Address  :
Alternate Physical Fax Number  :

MBIE is seeking to engage a supplier to administer an ICT skills equivalence programme to prospective New Zealand immigrants. The objective is to enable a robust process for highly skilled ICT applicants without formal qualifications to demonstrate that their ICT skills are equivalent to a formal qualification, to allow them to apply for a New Zealand visa under the Skilled Migrant Category.

The technology sector is one of New Zealand's fastest growing industries. There is growing global demand for ICT professionals and managers and New Zealand is competing with many other countries to attract and retain skilled workers.
The sector faces unique challenges as highly skilled tech professionals often:
* do not have formal qualifications that are currently essential for migrants wanting to work in New Zealand's digital technology sector under the Long Term Skill Shortage List (LTSSL) or the Skilled Migrant Category (SMC); or
* hold a tertiary qualification or have a tertiary degree in an unrelated field; and/or
* have difficulty demonstrating five years of experience can also be challenging as many work as freelancers or for unconventional organisations (e.g. open-source collaborations).
The risk is that the sector, and New Zealand, misses out on talent and skills it has identified as being the most valuable due to the limitations of Immigration's current policy and procedures.