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Shrinking the IT and cloud skills gap in Parliament

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Old IBM computer

Last week I attended an Amazon Web Services (AWS) event about digital skills. There was lots of discussion about the difference in the skills needed for traditional IT and cloud technology. Given the huge growth in cloud technology, the skills gap is bigger than many people think.

Recruitment as a product: building a ‘task force’ recruitment isn't always easy

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As many of you will be only too familiar with, recruiting people into technical roles can be particularly challenging. Here at PDS we're dedicated to finding better ways to deal with these challenges.

Statutory Instruments: unlocking democracy

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Back in March, I was part of the House of Lords contingent at the Rapid Start event. The key theme was ‘Unlocking democracy for all’ and, in a small but significant way, our prototype delivered that aim by making it as easy for anyone to follow statutory instruments (Parliament considers around 1,000 per year) as for bills (around 20 per year).

Guest blogger Holly Greenland writes about her Rapid Start experience

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Holly is the Deputy Head of Public Information in the House of Commons. Holly was invited along to join a team consisting of staff from the Digital Service, our partner fluxx and other House staff from the Lords and the Commons in a two day rapid prototyping event called “Rapid Start.”

Update on rapid start incubation……it is getting hot in here!

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Last week we reached the 3rd week of our incubation period. Our team (Rebecca, Noel, Ganesh, Giuseppe, Jack, Lino and Jocelyn), some business representatives (Ed, Holly and Matt) and our friends from fluxx have been working hard on our two prototypes ‘Jargon Buster’ and ‘Interact’.

From Rapid Start to Incubation. This is chemistry lab time.

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After a really busy few days of creating ideas around “Unlocking digital democracy for all”, we're working on providing definitions to complicated words and phrases on our website (Jargon Buster) and supporting the public in connecting them to take some action with Parliament.