BPDTS Engineering teams need to anticipate the future and plan for it. Changes expected to occur in the next decade are happening now, all at once. What trends are emerging, and what are the downstream consequences for software development?
By day Garry Crooks works as a DSPM for BPDTS; by night, he volunteers as a Blood Biker for Blood Bikes Lancs & Lakes. The free, professional, voluntary service operates out of normal working hours, delivering blood, platelets, samples, donor breast milk, patient notes, and theatre equipment for the NHS.
COVID-19 is a hugely challenging time for many of us, both personally and professionally, as it is for millions of people around the world. CEO, Loveday Ryder reflects on the unique challenges the pandemic presents and how BPDTS is ‘leaning in’ to support the people delivering vital citizen services.
Charlie Marsh works in end-user computing, supporting the needs of thousands of employees at BPDTS and the DWP. In addition to her day job working in end-user computing, Charlie also takes part in an apprenticeship programme. Learning and professional development are central to her success in life and work. We get to learn more about Charlie in our On the Spot interview.
STEM Ambassadors offer their time and enthusiasm to help bring STEM subjects to life, demonstrating the value of them in life and careers. Dean Parry, Service Implementation Manager at BPDTS, is a STEM Ambassador. Dean’s volunteer work is igniting excitement in young people for all things STEM. Read Dean’s blog post to learn more.
In the run-up to International Women's Day (March 8), we sat down with Loveday Ryder to talk about her journey as an engineer and CEO. "Talent is equally distributed across the genders," explains Loveday. "We want to be naturally inclusive – so equality of opportunity runs through everything we do."
Sarah Walden, Associate Project Manager on the Special Projects Team, put a plan in motion to further develop her skills in the delivery management space. Using a proactive strategy including, mentoring, shadowing, online training, and external courses, Sarah grabbed the wheel of her career, steering it towards a new destination. We get to learn more about Sarah's journey in our On the Spot interview.
Embracing LGBT+ History Month helps everyone understand our past. With so much of LGBT history unrecorded, there is a real danger it gets lost, and we repeat the mistakes of our past. Unless you know where you've come from, it's tough to plan where you're going. This year, LGBT+ History Month has a theme of Poetry, Prose and Plays. IT Service Manager, Joe Tetley shares a powerful message about equality and inclusion.
Data motivates and supports transformation. First and third party data is vital to understanding the behaviours of an organisation’s target audience. Without data, organisations are gambling away their efforts. Putting the right metrics in place transcends silos, ensuring different teams and contributors are working towards the same objectives. In our On the Spot interview, we get to learn more about data visualisation from Senior Digital Performance Analyst, Jade Fryer.
February marks LGBT History Month in the UK, a month of events celebrating the achievements of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people across the world. For Amy Cross, Senior Agile Delivery Manager at BPDTS, it represents a time of community, equality, and freedom. Continue reading to learn why it's so important to feel comfortable in your skin.
Mentoring offers the best of both worlds – you give and receive. When implemented flexibly, with an eye toward the balance of personal and organisational goals, mentorship can yield tangible and mutually rewarding results for benefactors and beneficiaries alike.