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GDS this week: Innovating with SMEs and fast track apprentices

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Speaking on the day HRH The Duke of York visited GDS, Dr. Brian Gannon of Kainos Software talks about the innovative work SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises) are doing with government departments like DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency). During the visit, the View driving record service was demo'd by Rohan Gye, Iain Patterson and Dudley Ashford of DVLA.

The visit was also an opportunity for HRH The Duke of York to meet GDS fast track apprentice Michael Stokes and Jerry Arnott, Director of Civil Service Learning, who speaks here about how the Fast Track Apprenticeship Scheme is helping transform the Civil Service.

Follow Dr. Brian Gannon, UK Civil Service and HRH The Duke of York on Twitter:

Dr. Brian Gannon: @bjgann@KainosSoftware

UK Civil Service: @UKCivilService

HRH The Duke of York: @TheDukeOfYork

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Dr. Brian Gannon, Kainos: This evening we were meeting with HRH The Duke of York with Francis Maude, telling him about one of the exemplars that we're working on with the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency). The Duke of York really was interested in the SME (Small and Medium Enterprise) contribution and how that's working with government because he's really eager to promote British innovation. I've been in IT (information technology) and developing solutions for 25 years. This is the first time that it's really working. The developers in a typical project are now much more empowered than they ever were before, they're much closer to the customer, they're getting direct, regular feedback so that means they come up with a much more informed and customer aligned product.

Civil Service Fast Track Apprenticeship Scheme

Jerry Arnott, Director Civil Service Learning: I was invited a few days ago to come along here knowing that HRH The Duke of York would be making a visit. He was interested in meeting the apprentices who are actually based in GDS. What we're keen to do with the scheme is to attract some of the best young talent in the country to come into the Civil Service, apprentices spread all over the UK, working in different roles in different departments with the ambition that it's the best apprenticeship scheme in the country. Because we're targeting 18-21 year olds, we are bringing the future generation into the business so they're in touch with the future and I think that's incredibly important for transforming the Civil Service.


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  1. Comment by 3 month mba posted on

    This video made me think innovation can truly happen with SMEs and its not the other way round where in SMEs find their own niche.