Information Technology Services, in conjunction with the University of Kentucky’s Office of the EVPFA is committed to increasing diversity, recruiting skilled employees, and increasing employee retention through professional development opportunities across the department. Through our mission, we aim to be a workplace of diversity and tolerance.
The University should develop a plan for recruiting and retaining diverse and skilled IT personnel while developing current personnel. A clearly defined personnel and professional development plan for technology staff is as critical as the operation and maintenance of the systems they support.
Human resources are the single most important IT asset for the University. In order to recruit and retain diverse and skilled IT personnel, we must develop strategies for developing and retaining those already onboard. Significant investments in training and time spent mentoring new managers is required. Exceptional technical employees wishing to remain on staff, but who do not wish to take on a supervisory role, should not be discouraged from staying by the lack of availability of higher compensation. ITS should work with Human Resources to create and enhance processes that clearly define a professional development plan for each IT employee.
The ITS Employee Professional Development, Recruitment, & Retention Task Force was formed in 2018 to combine IT professionals from various expertise backgrounds to address diversity and inclusion topics within ITS.
Below is a list of our recent initiatives and the year they were implemented.