UK launches fellowship to attract tech talent to government

by Jeremy

The UK government has announced the launch of an innovation fellowship program aimed at attracting technology and digital talent to the public sector as part of a broader research and development plan.

Run jointly by Number 10 and the Government Digital Service and funded by the Cabinet Office, the initiative was inspired by the US Presidential Fellowship program and is supported by an advisory board of digital and tech leaders in the public and private sector, as well as academia.

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First announced in June 2020 to attract top digital and tech talent from across the UK and overseas into government, the program will see ten fellows join the UK public service each year. Applications from potential fellows are open from 10 March to 28 March 2021.

According to Joanna Davinson, chair of the advisory board and executive director of the Central Digital and Data Office, the government considers it “essential” to have the right technical skills and experience across the digital, data, and technology professionals to enhance public service delivery.

“We already have a wealth of talent in the civil service, and this program will allow us to harness external expertise in tackling some of the biggest challenges we face,” she said.

Candidates admitted to the program will be expected to work on the modernization of public services with the adoption of cutting-edge technology and innovative approaches from outside government. The 2021 cohort will work in five central government departments and alongside senior leaders in the civil service while also building relationships with the other fellows in the group.

The pool of projects in which the fellows will be involved includes an initiative using deep reinforcement learning to support planning for military operations at the Ministry of Defence; a project to harness the potential of digital formats in education led by the Department of Education; and a project to look into data as a means to address humanitarian crises conducted by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

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