Local Digital Fund training offer

The Local Digital Fund is offering GDS Academy training to over 1000 local authority staff. The initiative aims to build digital delivery and leadership capacity in the sector. This page sets out what’s available, who’s eligible and how to register.

Who is eligible for training?

Staff of local authorities that have signed the Local Digital Declaration are eligible to apply for free digital skills training as part of the Local Digital Fund. Each local authority can apply to do courses to the value of 4 credits. Courses and their values are listed below.

Each of the 16 projects awarded by the Local Digital Fund can take an additional 3-day Agile for Teams course for the full collaborative project team. This will allow representatives from each collaborating authority to train and plan how to deliver a great digital project together. This training will not affect the credit allowance for those authorities – they will still have 4 credits to spend.

How to book

We have sent booking details to a representative from each Local Digital Declaration signatory. To find and contact your organisation’s representative, use this search tool.

Please bear in mind the course descriptions and dates below when discussing how to use your credits with colleagues in your local authority.

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Cancelling a course

If you cancel a course less than 4 weeks before the course starts, fail to notify us that you want to cancel a course, or the person does not attend the course, your council’s training credits cannot be refunded or used for another course. You will effectively lose those credits.

If you let us know that you want to cancel a course with more than 4 weeks notice, we can refund your council’s training credits, which you can then use to book another course.

In all cases, to cancel a course please email skills@localdigital.gov.uk.

Changing the person attending a course

You can change the name of the person attending a course up to 3 working days before the course starts. Please email the details of the change, including course name, dates, location, and the names and email addresses of the people involved.

Please email the details of the change as soon as possible to skills@localdigital.gov.uk so that we can pass this onto GDS Academy.

What courses are available?

Courses started in January 2019 and are scheduled to run until September 2019. This is the second release of course dates. We currently don’t have any more dates planned to deliver the courses and strongly encourage declaration signatories to make use of their credit allowance. The courses are allocated on a first come, first served basis.  The below list outlines what’s involved in each course, who it’s aimed at, how many credits it’s worth, and where and when the first courses are happening.

All courses are delivered at GDS Academy venues. Agile for Teams course also offers the option to be delivered at venues provided by councils.


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