The Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT) is set to deliver "front line" experience in technology and science to civil servants through placements and mentoring in an effort to boost skills in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths).
DSIT has become the first central government department to join the STEM Futures scheme, which provides civil servants with work experience opportunities - both inside and outside of government - in the field of technology and science.
The programme, which is run by the Government Science and Engineering (GSE) Profession, is a partnership of organisations across industry, academia, and the public sector.
It is a cross-Whitehall effort to boost STEM competence in the civil service over the long-term, offering them first-hand experience at leading technology companies, research institutes and universities. Participating civil servants will be paired with a diverse range of experts who all have a shared interest ranging from data science, to problem-solving and project management.
Science and Technology Secretary, Michelle Donelan, said that joining STEM Futures is “another milestone” in DSIT’s mission to ensure the UK has a leading role in science and technology.
“STEM Futures, alongside our ownExpert Exchange programme,will ensure central government has the direct experience and expertise from the front lines of science and technology it needs to truly understand the issues facing sci-tech leaders, and arm civil servants with the skills they need to shape practical policies that will work for industry, academia, and the wider public.”