The GDS Academy is here

31 Jul 2017 02:18 PM

How we started

The GDS Academy was previously known as the Digital Academy, which started at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in 2014. We built the project from the ground up to help people working in digital understand how government was working in new ways to build services for its users.

There was a real appetite for training and we grew rapidly. We developed a catalogue of courses to help our colleagues thrive in the world of agile and user-centred design.

Other departments and local authorities got in touch. Our alumni became a thriving community, working across departments and boundaries, continually improving their skills and putting user needs at the heart of everything that they did. We trained 5,000 civil servants in 3 years.

The new Academy

In late 2016, the minister announced that our Academy should expand to support the development of digital skills and awareness across the Civil Service. As a result, the Academy transferred to Government Digital Service (GDS) on 1 May 2017.

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