The London Office of Technology and Innovation (LOTI) has successfully exceeded its target of recruiting 100 digital apprentices in its member boroughs by September 2020.
LOTI, which was launched in 2019 as a collaboration between London local authorities with the support of the Mayor of London, had set itself this goal as part of its commitment to building the digital talent pool in London’s public services.
Like other apprentice roles, digital apprenticeships combine on-the-job training with academic learning through approved training providers. Digital apprenticeships focus on developing digital skills and may cover tasks such as software development, data analysis, and project management.
Eddie Copeland, 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.”
Hackney Council launched a highly successful digital apprenticeship programme in 2018, which provided a template for LOTI to support other boroughs.
Philip Glanville, Mayor of Hackney and London Councils’ Digital Champion, said:
“Digital apprenticeships are incredibly valuable for boroughs and our residents. They provide opportunities to break into a fast-growing industry, while working on council projects and services that benefit our communities.
“London boroughs’ enthusiasm for digital apprenticeships is great news. 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 will hold a special online event to promote and celebrate digital apprenticeships as part of the upcoming London Tech Week. This free-to-attend event will take place on 8 September 2020 from 4.30-5.30pm. More information, including on how to register, can be found on the LOTI website.