Emma Jones, the government’s SME Crown Representative, this week gave some insights into the progress Whitehall is making in incorporating SMEs into its supply chain. However, she added that the spend target is now more of an ‘ambition’, than a target.
Department for Education CTO adopts platform approach, plans audit of legacy, and says GDS “still has a role for us”
Helen Walker, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at the Department for Education, talks about the Whitehall organisation’s shift towards the cloud and how it has a adopted a buy not build strategy.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has placed a notice on the Digital Marketplace, notifying suppliers that it needs a scalable data platform, one that focuses on user need, in the cloud.
Privacy Shield was created in a rush following the collapse of the long running Safe Harbor agreement. Having had years to establish a Safe Harbor II, but with no progress, the EU is running out of patience.
The new T-level qualifications will be delivered from September 2020 and are the government’s attempt to transform technical education across the country - giving pupils an alternative to an academic education.
The government’s workplace advice bureau - Acas - is seeking a Director of Digital to lead transformation programme
Acas provides impartial advice to employers and employees and is currently undertaking a “wide ranging transformation programme”. It is seeking a Director of Digital, Data and Technology to lead the implementation of a technology strategy.
Industry lobby group techUK has published a guide for councillors, aimed at helping them get to grips with digital technologies and culture. Local councils have long struggled with technology reform, but could be helped by adopting a digital mindset.
British government looks to tech and innovation partnerships in African countries to combat Brexit trade woes
Prime Minister Theresa May is currently on a trade tour in Africa, in an attempt to strengthen ties with the region. A key part of that has been establishing tech and digital partnerships in African countries.
Some 63% of GPs and pharmacies are already able to prescribe electronically. However, thousands of paper prescriptions are still issued each year - something Hancock is keen to change.
A recent BCS report found that only 17% of IT specialists were female and that people with a disability were paid 16% less. The government hopes to get better representation in tech with the launch of a new fund.