I'm posting this in a few different topic areas in the hope that more people will read it and coment!
Yesterday I read yet another post from a new member asking for help with forms and what to do next, and someone replied asking if this is the sort of thing that the ICB should be providing.
Absolutely. I think this is exactly the sort of resource ICB should be providing. I know several members who have or are thinking of abandoning ICB for this very reason. Its lack off support is pretty appalling. There is post after post on the forums about this.
It sets exams, 'qualifies' its members, encourages them to be self employed and set up businesses and then pretty much abandons them. Leaving them to flounder around with no idea how to proceed. You only have to look at the sample engagement letter for a good example, its a joke! It looks like a schoolboy wrote it in 5 minutes!
The website is stoneage and the forum is prehistoric! You can't even message other members! How ridiculous is that?! Who ever heard of a fourm where you can't contact each other?! You cant see the level of qualification the posters have and so you have no idea who you are taking advice from! They could be level 1 with no work experience whatsoever and giving advice onn a level 4 issue! There is no poll facility and no facility to thank people either. Who is it exactly that is in charge off IT at ICB? Have they been near the internet in the last 10 years?
The jobsite is a very good idea and ought to be an amazing resource, but it doesnt work properly and cant be filtered - even though all the job posts list region etc.... Most of the jobs are in London. Does ICB spend ANY money advertising this service? Or does it just rely on people who walk past the swanky new offices that seem to be where all our membership money is going.... If the ICB advertised itself and its job board a lot more we would all get a lot more enquiries! A membership benefit worth paying for...
Come on ICB, pull your socks up! We are thoroughly disappointed in you! Stop spending our hard earned money on swanky offices and swanning off to other countries - how about you concentrate on getting the basics right first and support the members you already have???! We are your best advertising tool! If your members were happy they would do the recruiting of new members for you!
Come onn ICB - you need to up your game and be a bit more professional!
Rant over :-)
p.s. As there is no poll facility reply if you agree!!