People gathered in a GDS Academy room

Digital is transforming how government works. We are here to teach public sector professionals the skills they need to embrace this change. To work more efficiently and creatively, and to build the best possible services for users, whatever their level of technical expertise.

Why enrol


The GDS Academy offers a range of courses, with introductory sessions for non-specialists, specialised courses for people in digital roles and training for leaders responsible for digital services.

Our courses are available to civil servants, local government employees, devolved administrations and other public servants.

We run courses in Leeds, London, Manchester and Newcastle and pop up courses in Birmingham.

Emerging Technology Development Programme

The understanding and application of emerging technologies should be core to the practice of the Civil Service. Consequently, a new programme has been designed by the GDS Academy in order to create an ongoing and deployable team of specialists with the skills, knowledge and confidence to act as advisors in the employment of emerging technologies to government’s most difficult problems.

Following a successful pilot, the programme is now open for applications from civil servants.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 11 January 2019.

Find out more about the Emerging Technology Development Programme and how to apply.


User-centred design training

The user-centred design team runs training to help people design the best possible, user-focused services. These range from introductions for non-specialists, to advanced topics for digital professionals.

Places are only open to civil servants. Contractors employed with government are welcome on some courses.

Design training

Learn about cross-government events and training in the User-Centred Design Community.

User research training

Learn about introduction and basic training days for user research for government services.

Learn digital skills in Scotland

The GDS Academy has a partnership with the Scottish Government. Visit the Scottish Digital Academy website to find out about courses.