BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT has announced a partnership with Jamaica Technology and Digital Alliance (JTDA).
The agreement provides JTDA members with global perspectives from their profession as well as opportunities for continuous professional development and access to internationally recognised qualifications and professional registrations in IT.
The partnership with JTDA will provide existing BCS members in the Caribbean with stronger links to their profession locally through networks, groups and events. It will also enable BCS’ UK and international members to get a better understanding of the opportunities in the Caribbean’s technology sector.
BCS supports IT professionals throughout their careers, helping them to demonstrate, maintain and develop their competencies and knowledge. BCS membership provides practical tools to support the individual, soft skills development and access to a wealth of resources.
Joining requires members to sign a code of conduct, which signals a commitment to professionalism and ethical behaviour to employers. JTDA members can build their profile through the addition of BCS post-nominals and evidence competency by joining BCS professional registers.
Solid foundation for partnership
There is strong alignment between the visions of BCS and JTDA which forms a solid foundation for the partnership. As the UK’s professional body for IT and the digital industries, BCS’s charitable objectives are to promote and advance the education and practice of computing for the benefit of society.
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This means building a competent and ethical profession that is diverse, inclusive and plentiful in talent at all levels, and developing a society that is resilient and thriving in the digital world with access to the technology knowledge and skills needed.
Establishing a partnership with JTDA supports these charitable objectives by helping to build the professional community in a fast growing and dynamic digital economy, which is increasingly becoming a source of international talent and inward investment.
Enhance reputation of IT in Jamaica
Stacey Hines, President - Jamaica Technology and Digital Alliance said:
“We are excited to be official partners with BCS. There is a desire in the Caribbean for recognition of professionalism in IT and we are pleased that our members will be able to join members of BCS.
"Membership is a great way to demonstrate the professionalism of our members to their employers and enhance the reputation of the IT profession in Jamaica. The partnership means that JTDA members will have access to learning and careers support as well as resources to keep their knowledge up to date. They will also get to benefit from bespoke events as well as special discounts and deals on BCS publications.”
John Higgins, President of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT said:
“This latest agreement between BCS and Jamaica Technology and Digital Alliance demonstrates a commitment to a common definition of professionalism. This is a significant step in promoting the value and importance of the profession and further enhances the industry’s reputation. Bodies like ours are ideally placed to make the case that society must demand the highest standards of professionalism from its digital practitioners - it’s a cornerstone in helping to build public trust in digital.”