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London boroughs create 100 digital apprenticeships


Mark Say Managing Editor

The London Office of Digital Technology (LOTI) has reported hitting its target for the creation of 100 digital apprenticeships by its member boroughs.

It set the goal last year as part of the effort to build up the digital talent pool in the city’s public services.

The apprenticeships are focused on developing skills in areas such as software development, data analysis and project management.

Eddie Copeland

Eddie Copeland (pictured), director of LOTI, said: “This achievement is testament to London boroughs' commitment to developing talent and ensuring they have the skills to be truly internet-era organisations.

“Technology and data are increasingly important to our lives, including the delivery of local public services. Digital apprenticeship programmes are key for boroughs boosting local digital skills and making the most out of technology and innovation.”

LOTI highlighted the contribution of Hackney Council, which launched a digital apprenticeship programme in 2018, which in turn provided a template for LOTI to support other boroughs.

The council’s mayor, Philip Glanville, said: Even amid the hugely challenging situation facing local government, boroughs recognise the importance of investing in digital skills. It’s fantastic to see the approach we started in Hackney now being adopted at a larger, pan-London scale thanks to LOTI.”

LOTI is planning an online event on digital apprenticeships on 8 September as part of London Tech Week. More details from here.


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