The initiative is being officially launched in Swansea today (Friday 14 November) by Head of Government Digital Service Mike Bracken.
Partnering with TechHub is another part of DVLA’s strategy to develop and attract digital talent. DVLA will become part of a network that will work together in a unique environment to share resource, knowledge, experience and workspace. This is a completely new way for a government agency to harness the skills and knowledge in the local tech community, which will assist in the provision of excellent digital services.
DVLA will have space at the TechHub offices in Swansea, which are currently home to six technology start-up companies. It will be using the cutting edge digital skills of graduates and tech start-up gurus to improve the services it provides to the public. As well as upskilling its own staff, DVLA will share its knowledge and experience to mentor these start-ups in their projects, and will be able to offer placements and projects to undergraduates. The overall aim is to reduce the Agency’s reliance on large IT suppliers for all of our services and to reduce operating costs.
Swansea TechHub was co-founded by Adam Curtis, Paul Harwood and Matt Warren, three local software company entrepreneurs whose ambition is to make Swansea a target area for new technology businesses. It is part of a small but global network community.