Civil servants to be offered tech apprenticeships

The programmes will be focused on the most in-demand tech skills including data, cybersecurity, IT, and software development

Digital and tech skills provider QA has won a government contract to deliver tech-based apprenticeships to civil servants across the country.

Under the two-year contract, QA will deliver an extensive range of apprenticeship programmes in areas covering project management, digital and technology from May 2022, in partnership with Paragon Skills.

Individuals enrolled under the contract will join more than 2,500 apprentices from almost 50 government departments and agencies already trained by QA.

They will undertake programmes focused on the current most in-demand tech skills including data, cybersecurity, IT, software development, cloud and DevOps.

Apprentices will reportedly benefit from the largest specialist in-house tutor and coaching teams in the UK, accessing a curriculum that combines online, offline and live learning.

In 2016 the government made a commitment to deliver 30,000 apprenticeships across the government by 2020. It is hoped that the apprenticeships will help address the ever-growing tech skills gap, grow capabilities, and realise the ambitions of the Civil Service Apprenticeship Strategy.

Paul Geddes, CEO at QA commented: “Apprenticeships are a vital means of introducing new digital and tech skills into workplaces, either by providing entry-level opportunities or to re-skill the existing workforce.

“The government’s renewed commitment to deliver apprenticeships across the Civil Service will help support its efforts to close the digital skills gap and QA is looking forward to supporting these ambitious plans.”

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