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Departmental Plans Focus on Skills and Innovation

Departmental Plans Focus on Skills and Innovation

Government departments have published its single departmental plans, setting out the priorities for each government department.

The plans focus on subjects such as Brexit and Innovation across the country, with many departments highlighting the need for collaboration, skills and digital services as key to ensuring a strong economy over the next few years.

One of the key issues around Brexit has been the roll-out of digital systems at the border to cope with changes.

This includes the Home Office’s Digital Services at the border programme (DSAB) programme, which replaced the failed e-borders programme and aims to introduce IT systems to secure the UK’s borders.

The Home Office’s departmental plan is focussing on the roll-out of e-gates and digitising e-visas, as well as considering introducing an electronic travel authority scheme, similar to the US’s ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation), as well as establishing a virtual national security academy to ensure employees have the right skills in place.

With Brexit looming skills are also forming a key part of most departmental plans.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is at the forefront of delivering the UK’s digital strategy, which includes promoting digital skills and inclusion.

The Department’s plan said it will “ensure that we continue to tackle the root causes of digital exclusion and that everyone can increase their digital capability to make the most of the digital world”, as well as developing “the full range of digital skills that individuals and companies need”, including upskilling and reskilling employees throughout their lives.

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