Chief Statistician’s update: moving from pandemic to endemic, what this means for COVID-19 statistics

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On 4 March 2022 Together for a safer future: Wales’ long-term COVID-19 transition from pandemic to endemic was published. This plan explains that the link between COVID-19 infection, serious illness, hospitalisation and death has been weakened significantly. This means we can begin to move beyond the emergency response to the pandemic and plan a future in which we gradually transition to living safely with coronavirus, just as we live with many other infectious diseases.

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Chief statistician’s update: explaining NHS activity and performance statistics

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Later this week we’ll publish the latest monthly statistics on NHS activity and performance. Interest in these statistics has increased over the last two years, given the wide-ranging impact of the pandemic. This blog aims to provide more context to its key concepts so that our statistics are widely understood and used appropriately.

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Guest blog: what’s going on beneath our feet?

Greg Garner, Asset Owner Engagement Manager for Wales, Atkins

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The National Underground Asset Register (NUAR) is a great example of how digital services, data and technology can be used to improve the lives of people within Wales, and fully aligns with the Digital Strategy for Wales. Find out more about the potential benefits and the progress made so far.

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From Bees to Trees and everything in between – Wales harnesses the Internet of Things

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The ‘Internet of Things’ or ‘IoT’ has become a commonly-heard phrase in recent years. It may seem very abstract, and nothing to do with your everyday lives, or perhaps you’ve never even heard of it. But do you wear a Fitbit to capture your steps each day and make sure you’re moving enough? Or maybe your trusty Alexa will remind you to pick up milk on your way home later? Well, without even knowing, you’ve been connecting with the Internet of Things.

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Chief statistician’s update: how the pandemic has changed post-16 education

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The pandemic has made us think differently about the kinds of analysis we produce, with many of our regular statistical publications changing to reflect new circumstances or topics of interest. In just one example of this, we’ve published new analysis this week looking at the impact on learners in post-16 education.

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Digital, Data and Technology Apprenticeship – It’s never too late!

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It may seem like an odd choice as midlife crises go. An apprenticeship? In Digital, Data and Technology (DDaT)? When I took the plunge in 2020, I had no real idea what was in store. However, it turned out, to be one of the best decisions I have ever made.

So, why an apprenticeship?

I had been working for many years as a special needs teaching assistant but with my own children grown, I was looking for a new challenge to take me into the next phase of my life. I wanted to find a career that I could embrace, that would teach me new skills and would reward the hard work and effort I put in. Although I had no previous experience in the DDaT field I was attracted by the broad range of careers available and the opportunity to gain qualifications while working as well as the flexible working hours offered.

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From Web Design to Welsh Government

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Apprenticeships are a great way to earn while you learn, but what do they actually involve?! James, an alumni apprentice from our recent DDaT scheme is here to tell you.

How I got here

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Before joining Welsh Government I had been working as a self-employed web designer for 10 years. I was good at making websites for small businesses, but I really wanted to expand my knowledge and learn more about all aspects of digital. I was also unhappy with how unpredictable being self-employed was and wanted to build a more stable career for myself and my family.

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Chief statistician’s update:  understanding COVID-19 infection rates in Wales

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Last week, Wales, along with other UK nations, announced that if you have a positive lateral flow test result, you no longer need to take a follow-up PCR test. This type of policy change can have a knock-on impact on COVID-19 data. This blog aims to explain these changes and gives advice on interpreting data over the coming days and weeks.

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