GDS announces plans to run a national digital academy


Minister for the Cabinet Office, Ben Gummer, has announced that the successful DWP Digital Academy Service will be moved to GDS to build capability across government, giving GDS a real national presence for the very first time.

He also confirmed that staff at Government Digital Service’s Aviation House will be moving to modern and expanded offices to create a new Digital HQ and a digital hub in the heart of Aldgate.

The minister also announced that GOV.UK Pay has now taken its first transaction and is ready for business with services to come online from the autumn. The actual first live payment was made on Till Wirth’s credit card, the product manager of the new service, in front of the GDS senior team and Kevin Cunnington.

Ben Gummer, Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General, said: “These are significant moments, not just for GDS and the Cabinet Office, but for the millions of people who use Government services every day.

“Our message is clear: we are working hard to make life easier for the people of the UK. We want our services to be simple, easy and efficient – I’m here today to reaffirm that commitment.”


Updated strategy

The Government’s Digital Transformation Strategy is also going to be updated to match the new and larger remit of GDS and to take into account the EU referendum vote and the challenges that the Civil Service now face.

GDS director general Kevin Cunnington said: “More and more we are going to make the work from GDS about transformation – not just digital.

“We have a superb team and I want our UK strategy to not only reflect the bold ambition that we have across Government, but the new challenges that now face us. We will have an updated and complete Digital Transformation Strategy before the end of the year.”

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