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Demystifying the Department for Transport

Category: early careers, Government, awareness, apprenticeship, department of transport, DVSA, Civil Service Start

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On Friday 3 November, the Department for Transport (DfT) and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) hosted an event in conjunction with Civil Service Start - a cross-governmental network for Civil Servants at the early stages of their careers – to raise awareness of the breadth of work that goes on in the transport sector.

 The event, entitled ‘Demystifying the Department for Transport’ was opened by the Permanent Secretary, Bernadette Kelly, who spoke about the main challenges facing the transport sector in delivering our key infrastructure projects in the context of Brexit and other uncertainty, and also highlighted the things which sets DfT  apart from other departments.

 This was then followed by a panel discussion chaired by Tricia Hayes, Director General for Roads, Motoring and Devolution, which featured a wide-range of speakers, including Oliver Morley, DVLA Chief Executive who serves as Apprenticeship Champion across the group.

 After sharing the stories of their very varied careers in the sector, the panel discussed how the department ensured it delivered value for money and worked hard to meet the needs of its customers, as well as considering how transport might look like in the future given the pace of technological and social change.

 Over 70 new starters in the Civil Service from 12 different departments packed the room at Great Minster House in London, however after the local residents from DfTc, DVSA had the largest contingent present, and the event was well received for breaking down some of the assumptions about the work we do and how we contribute to the nation’s prosperity.

 This was the first event of its kind for DVSA’s Apprentice Scheme to lead on, and the aim is to build on this success and promote further integration and collaboration between apprentices across the department. DVSA will continue to develop new entrants and give them as wide an appreciation for the breadth of the sector as possible.

 

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