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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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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UX Week – Putting user experience in the spotlight

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In July 2021 Welsh Government held its first UX Week, a week of events on the topics of user experience and user centred design.  We know what you’re thinking – what is user experience and why did you want to run a week-long event on it? We asked Azul De Pol, who is part of our UX community in Welsh Government, to write a blog to tell you more…

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