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ICT Profession Event - eSkills Malta Foundation

Publication Date: Apr 28, 2016
Article by Carm Cachia published on the Malta Independent ICT Feature on 28.04.2016 ​  

In support for the IT Professionals Day the eSkills Malta Foundation organised an informal table discussion on the 25th April 2016 about the IT Profession and the Code of Conduct.  The topic was discussed by a number of highly credited individuals from the ICT Profession, academia and business, namely, Profs Ernest Cachia from the University of Malta, Mr Conrad Vassallo from MCAST, Mr Gian Carlo Millo from ISACA Malta Chapter, Dr Brian Warrington from Computer Society Malta, Mr Duncan Dimech from the BCS Malta Section, Eng. Saviour Baldacchino from the Malta Chamber of Engineers, Mr Marcel Cutajar from the Chamber of Commerce, Ms Elizabeth Olivieri from MITA, and Carm Cachia from eSkills Malta Foundation who moderated the discussion.
An introduction on the subject was given by Carm Cachia and he explained how the promotion of the ICT Profession is one of the main objectives of the Foundation and thus its intention to take this further forward.
In broad terms, the panel agreed that a Steering Group should be set up to work on a plan, followed by the consolidation of the IT Profession due to the various existing different roles in ICT. It was also identified that the EU eCompetency Framework can be a very good basis for this since it has matured over the years and has been implemented in other EU countries. The Framework is kept up to date with the advancement in the ICT sector. Regulation of the ICT Profession should then follow which would include the setting up a Code of Conduct and possibly a warrant or Charter for the IT profession.  

The discussion was conducted in a relaxed and informal fashion with the moderator enticing various issues that the ICT profession faced and will be facing.  Amongst others the following items were discussed.
The ICT Professional should have a warrant like other professionals e.g. lawyers, accountants, teachers, etc;
A Warrant or Regulation is not the most important aspect but the Code of Conduct is;
Although having a common base the Code of Conduct may differ depending on the ICT Professional’s role;
Knowledge, education, certification and experience are the key ingredients;
Both formal and informal education should be regarded;
Due to the dynamic nature of the ICT Industry the professionals need to keep abreast with the new methods and/or technology to keep the warrant;
ICT professionals would be happy to have a code of conduct and it can be more effective it is not mandatory but voluntary;
A body must be identified to own this project, such as eSkills Malta Foundation;
The ICT market is very fragmented and dynamic and therefore not easy to regulate;
A Warrant is not finite but needs to be revalidated every designated period;
The concept of warrant has to be checked to see how it can be applied to ICT;
Before coming up with a warrant it is important to consolidate the ICT Profession;
Education is key for recognising the importance of having a mature ICT Profession