The DVLA funds 20 places at Swansea University’s Computer Science Foundation course for DVLA staff and 6 graduate placements for university IT students, with an eye to bringing them in-house after graduation.
As a major employer in South Wales, DVLA wanted to expand the number of skilled IT workers available as they bring IT in-house. The agency has built relationships with local universities and is sponsoring a project called Tech Hub, a network founded by local tech companies to encourage the sharing of digital ideas, resources, and workspace.
“We are investing heavily in our people,” says Iain Patterson, CTO. “We have a really strong ecosystem of skills, education and job opportunities which we mash together to put our people back into study to become digital people.”
The strategy has also helped move DVLA’s culture toward the digital future. Patterson heartily supports the program, both within DVLA and at local universities. “We’re really trying to put the message out there that we are changing, but we also want people to be part of it and change with us.”
- Friday 4 March 2016 09.37 GMT
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- College of Science