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DVLA set to become a Centre of Digital Excellence

Exciting times in our IT Services (ITS) department – we’ve recently launched the first in a series of recruitment campaigns for IT jobs which will see DVLA becoming a ‘Centre of Digital Excellence’.

The theory explained…

So why are we striving to become a centre of excellence for all things digital?

We became one of the first government departments to have a fully operational in-house IT function on such a large scale. We want to continue building on this by attracting great people to work with us and growing our own wealth of in-house capability (we committed to this in our ITS strategy).

We also want people to think of us as the leading organisation in South Wales for beginning or enhancing their career in digital and technology. Being seen as a Centre for Digital Excellence is a major milestone in us achieving these goals.

We’re already on our way

Last month, we kicked off our first recruitment campaign for 20 software engineering placements – successful candidates will work towards a master’s degree (MSc) in software engineering and benefit from practical onsite training here in DVLA. We’ve been working with local colleges and universities to ensure the academic learning meets DVLA’s needs and can’t wait to see the results!

Speaking of local colleges and unis, we’ve also been working with multiple universities on the excellent ‘Year in industry scheme’. The scheme offers computer science students a 12 month placement at the end of their second year to work within DVLA’s technical areas. It’s a fantastic deal for everyone – our students gain technical working experience in a large government department, and we learn from their newer skills in the latest technologies and different perspectives on IT. Placements are due to start in September, so not long to go…

Year in industry scheme students taking part in our ‘Scalextric Software Challenge’, where they learn how to collect and analyse data
Year in industry scheme students taking part in our ‘Scalextric Software Challenge’, where they learn new skills by experimenting in how to collect and analyse data

We’ve got lots roles to choose from

There are lots of exciting roles for the digital demons out there – around 65 in total, ranging from Level 3 entry apprenticeships to masters degrees. These will be in areas like software engineering, cloud, quality engineering, and more.

We’ll be advertising these roles as soon as they’re finalised, so keep an eye on our DVLA Careers Twitter account and the DfT Careers account for the latest. You can also subscribe to our email alerts.

So if you’d like to further your education and build a career in IT, as well as help us provide the best possible IT services...

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8 comments

  1. Comment by Dennis Calvert (retired but busy) posted on

    Sounds the correct approach in order to attract and develop skilled and enthusiastic workers.

  2. Comment by Bob posted on

    Confused 🤷‍♂️ thought you were now DVSA or has that been dropped/changed 🧐🤨😳🙄

  3. Comment by Alan stirk posted on

  4. Comment by Fred Smith posted on

    One can never beat inhouse DP. Incredible amounts of public funds are wasted on external companies that never, ever produce exactly what is needed.

    Inhouse means when a user wants a change, it can be done as quickly as possible without contractual waffle.

    • Replies to Fred Smith>

      Comment by Michelle Williams posted on

      Thanks Fred, since bringing our IT in house I’m pleased to say that we’re delivering a better service than we ever have. By trusting in our people and skills we’re able to move at a faster pace.

  5. Comment by Matt posted on

    Digital age is always the way forward but dont forget there are people who are unable to or don't want to access the digital system

    • Replies to Matt>

      Comment by Michelle Williams posted on

      Thanks Matt and you’re right, that’s why we also look after a wide range of needs by providing paper channels and assisted digital services.