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Chloe in the community: a volunteer’s ‘lockdown’ story

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Chloe volunteering

Volunteering has been a release and source of comfort for many during lockdown, both for those volunteering and for those needing help and support.

To mark this year’s Volunteers' Week, one of our user researchers, Chloe Westerman, describes her experiences of volunteering during the past couple of months.

Learning in lockdown: moving L&D online

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To coincide with ‘On Air, Online’ - Learning at Work Week, Joya Snowden, Defra Capability Development lead supporting the Digital Data and Technology Services (DDTS) function, tells us how her team has been developing their learning offer to provide options that can be accessed by colleagues working at home.

DDaT conference: striving for a more sustainable IT future

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Antonia Panayotova with other deleagtes at the DDaT conference

Sustainability has long been a priority for the UK. The issue continues to be high on the political agenda.

But how many of us have ever considered how IT equipment is recycled, or how IT services might be delivered in a more sustainable way?

Apprenticeships: not so much ‘You’re fired', more ‘You’re hired’

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Dana and her fellow apprentices

When people hear the term apprentice some will immediately think of the hit BBC TV reality game show 'The Apprentice’, in which budding entrepreneurs compete for the chance to win a big prize.

The concept of apprenticeships has been around a long time though. And earlier this month Civil Service apprentices up and down the land celebrated National Apprenticeship Week.

Flood warning finds its voice

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The Environment Agency and Natural Resources Wales are responsible for providing flood warning information to people at risk of flooding in England and Wales. One of the main ways we do this is by sending free automated voice calls. We’ve recently improved this part of the service by switching to Amazon Polly.