Apprenticeships – too good to be true?

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Picture of Dom, Digital Data and Technology ApprenticeBefore joining Welsh Government I completed my degree in History at the University of Reading. After graduating I wasn’t sure about what path to take regarding a career, as until then I’d only worked part-time jobs while at school. Over Christmas I started working in retail as a customer assistant, and began building my experience and skills. After 3 years and undertaking a variety of roles I decided that I did not see a long-term career in retail management and began searching for a different career path aligned with my interests. Initially I was debating going back to university to continue my education; however I was disappointed with the potential prospects offered by a Masters in History. I fired off applications for all sorts of jobs, from the National Crime Agency to air traffic control – just to try something different. Continue reading

Goodbye, Marking Books – Hello Business Analysis!

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In March 2019, I took a leap of faith in leaving my teaching job to join Welsh Government as a Digital, Data and Technology (DDaT) Pathway Apprentice. I’m now nearing the end of my first placement on the scheme and already it’s clear that I couldn’t have made a better choice in reinvigorating and future-proofing my career.

Prior to enrolling on the DDaT Pathway Apprenticeship I spent 5 years working as a Teacher, having specialised in Primary Education and Special Educational Needs. Whilst I found my work rewarding, the focus of the work was often administrative, and I regularly found myself having to work outside of my conditioned hours in order to meet the demands of the role. The six-week summers went some way to redress the balance but I was still having to work even during these holiday periods. Continue reading

Apprenticeships … Aren’t They Just For School Leavers? #olddognewtricks

A Career Change into a Digital, Data & Technology Apprenticeship

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How did I get here?

Picture of Ted, Digital, Data and Technology ApprenticeI worked for BT as a Project Manager for 25 years ….. and 12 months ago there was an opportunity for me to accept redundancy terms.

I really enjoyed my career in BT, but I felt that after spending the previous 10-15 years managing projects to deliver IT infrastructure, I really wanted the opportunity to be on the “other side of the fence” and actually get involved in the technical side of ICT world. Continue reading

The AWE(some) Identity Provider

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Hwb LogoIf you’re a teacher or learner in Wales, you’ll probably be familiar with Hwb. If not Hwb is the online platform which provides access to a wide range of bilingual online tools and resources to support teaching and learning. Hwb is also one of Welsh Government’s biggest digital transformation programmes and over the past few months work has been undertaken to bring the running of this service fully in-house to Welsh Government. Continue reading

Guest blog: Taking Welsh taxes to new heights

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WRA LogoThe Welsh Revenue Authority (WRA) is the new tax authority for Wales, responsible for administering two new devolved taxes in Wales. The WRA was formally established by Welsh Government on 18 October 2017. One year on, Sean Melody, Digital Services Manager for the WRA explains the approach and the challenges, from a digital perspective, to establishing the WRA. Continue reading

Can we link it?…….hopefully

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We are more aware than ever before of the public value of data and one way we can make the most of it is by linking it together and sharing it. For example if local authorities link data from across different services it can help them understand the interactions between services and maybe understand more about how prevention can be used to support better outcomes for people. Continue reading