The Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT) has become the first central government department to join the STEM Futures scheme, which will give scores of civil servants direct workplace experience on the frontline of cutting-edge technology and science.
The scheme works by providing opportunities like shadowing, placements and mentoring, both inside and outside of government, with a view to building out civil servants' STEM knowledge in these areas.
Science and Technology Secretary Michelle Donelan said: "Joining STEM Futures is another milestone in DSIT's mission to build the world's most innovative economy here in the UK, building on the UK's unique leading role in science and technology."
The STEM Futures scheme is a partnership of organisations across industry, academia, and the public sector. It is run by the Government Science and Engineering (GSE) Profession.
The Government Chief Scientific Adviser, Professor Dame Angela McLean, said: "I am delighted that the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology have joined STEM Futures. This is a great opportunity to deliver increased scientific capability through knowledge exchange to develop a more scientific civil service."
The Expert Exchange Programme supports DSIT's core mission to put the full might of the UK government behind science, innovation and technology in order to foster the growth of future industries, and ultimately improve the lives of every citizen.
The Department launched the Science and Technology Framework in March 2023, backed by over £370 million to boost investment in innovation, to bring the world's best talent to the UK, and seize the potential of ground-breaking new technologies like AI.