Intellect, the ICT trade body, is launching a series of initiatives aimed at improving commercial and technical skills in government.
The plan outlines how government can access a more diverse marketplace of technology suppliers. Intellect's proposals include improving the IT skills and buying capabilities of civil servants and a free programme of Intellect training courses.
Intellect said it will be rolling out these initiatives over the next few months and will have all of them in place by March 2012.
John Hoggard, head of government and education at Intellect, said the initiatives are intended to help the government deliver its ICT strategic implementation plan (SIP) recently launched.
“SIP is obviously a new way of working and requires a lot of collaboration across government. With the SRO [senior responsible owner] governance structure in place, it is clear who is responsible for what, which I feel that will help the plan.”
Intellect has 800 corporate members, of which SMEs comprise 75%. But Intellect said its intention was to broaden the public sector market to non-Intellect members as well.
The body has additionally been working with the Department of Health to widen the supplier healthcare IT market.