Summary

Transforming the way government designs services for its users.


The Scottish Digital Academy was set up in collaboration with GDS Academy.

Its focus is making sure that Scottish public sector organisations have a coherent learning and development programme to:

  • develop and grow our in-house capability to build effective digital services
  • transform how government delivers services that meet users’ needs

We want to equip our people with digital skills, so they can fill key roles in our projects and programmes.

Course information

The Scottish Digital Academy currently delivers courses on a monthly basis, but this may change depending on demand.

Anyone working for a public sector organisation in Scotland can apply for these courses. The length of courses varies, depending on objectives and the level of skills needing to be developed. They range from a one day Discover Digital and Agile course to a 10-day accredited Digital Foundation course.

Programme outcomes and benefits

The GDS Academy website outlines the aims and objectives of each course.

The courses introduce new ways of working, focussed on user-centred service design.

Developing these skills contributes to building capability and creating the culture change needed for digital transformation in government.

The courses also have benefits to participants’ organisations, including:

  • increased capability to create industry leading services through service centred design
  • increased efficiency
  • consistency in learning, ways of working and the implementation of Digital Transformation programmes across the public sector

Why should you enrol on a course?

Listen to (Director-General) Sarah Davidson’s thoughts on the Scottish Digital Academy and how it can help you and your organisation.

Scottish Digital Academy courses – July - November 2018

These may be subject to change depending on demand.

Course Duration Dates Location No. of places (max) Cost per head
Discover Digital and Agile Awareness 1 day 3 September 2018
11 September 2018

1 October 2018
8 October 2018

5 November 2018
13 November 2018
Edinburgh
Glasgow

Edinburgh
Glasgow

Edinburgh
Glasgow

Edinburgh
Edinburgh
15 £100
Hands On Agile for Leaders 3 days 4 - 6 September 2018
2 - 4 October 2018
6 - 8 November 2018
Edinburgh
Edinburgh
Edinburgh
Edinburgh
10 £390
Digital Foundation course 10 days 3 - 14 September 2018
8 - 19 October 2018
12 - 23 November 2018
Edinburgh
Edinburgh
Edinburgh
Edinburgh
15 £1300
Agile for Teams** 3 days 11 - 13 September 2018
9 - 11 October 2018
13 - 15 November 2018
Edinburgh
Edinburgh
Edinburgh
Edinburgh
12-15** £390

** (must have 3 – 4 members of a team attend)

The Scottish Digital Academy also has access to additional courses, including:

  • Digital and Agile Awareness for Policy
  • Service Managers
  • Working level for Business Analysts
  • Working level for Delivery Managers
  • Working level for Product Managers

Future Scottish Digital Academy courses dates

Further dates in 2018 will be confirmed in due course.

Location

Venues will be confirmed once each Scottish Digital Academy course dates are released.

How can I book a place?

To request a place on the digital academy courses please email DigitalAcademy@gov.scot.

Please note:

Confirmed bookings will be invoiced 1 month prior to the start of the first course.

Course bookings will need to be paid in full prior to the start of your course, in order for you to attend.

Cancellations: If you withdraw from the course, and the Scottish Digital Academy are unable to fill the requested space, the course booking will be invoiced as a filled place.

Contact

Tai McLennan, Digital Capability Strategy Specialist or Lorraine Lee, Scottish Digital Academy Business Manager at DigitalAcademy@gov.scot.