Government boosts digital roadmap with 2,500 tech recruits

The Government will recruit 2,500 tech and digital roles by June 2025 through apprenticeships and talent programmes as part of skills drive.

This will begin with a digital apprenticeship programme, supporting the recruitment of 500 early career entrants into digital roles this financial year.

The remaining 2,000 opportunities will include 1,300 additional digital apprenticeship programme roles, and 700 roles created through an expansion of existing departmental digital programmes.

A new Digital Secondments Programme pilot is also open for applications to bring in skills from the private sector.

These programmes support a new target for 6% of the overall Civil Service workforce to be members of the digital, data and technology profession.

The Civil Service Digital, Data and Technology profession has grown by 19% between April 2022 and April 2023, and over 600 senior civil servants have been upskilled on digital and data essentials.

Minister for the Cabinet Office Jeremy Quin, said: “By attracting and retaining the best talent, we will keep pace with technological change and deliver more efficient services for the British public.”

These announcements arrive as the Central Digital and Data Office publishes an update to the 2022-25 roadmap for digital and data, requiring departments using out of date IT systems to boost plans for modernising technology.

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