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We’ve been shortlisted for three top national digital awards – vote for Dorset!

Dorset Council is delighted to announce we have no less than three finalists in the prestigious Digital Leaders 100 Awards 2020, the only local authority with three shortlisted initiatives, reflecting our successful approach to building our digital future.

The awards celebrate individuals and organisations from the private, public and non-profit sector who demonstrate a pioneering approach to digital transformation in the UK.

You can vote for as many finalists in as many categories as you wish. 

Sam McLaren, service improvement analyst in the Digital and Change team has been shortlisted as Young Digital Leader of the Year.  For Sam, digital is not just about tech or online forms, it’s a way of thinking and working.  He believes in designing services around the needs of people and making the most of modern technology to provide the services we should expect from a 21st century council.  

Vote for Sam here.  

Two finalists in Digital Public Service Innovation of the Year...

We have two finalists in the Digital Public Service Innovation of the Year category.

Supporting children and young people to access education was a project to help identify vulnerable learners to give them a better start in life, the right education at the right time.

The project has also been shortlisted as a finalist this year in the Cabinet Office Smarter Working Awards in the Technology category under ‘Small Scale Project’.

Developing digital skills and awareness in Dorset reflects our vision for Digital Dorset through improvement and innovation. Our forward-looking approach to building digital skills in the community and sharing digital initiatives across Dorset to develop a digital culture among workers and residents is helping us develop Dorset as a smart rural place.  

Vote for both finalists in this category here.

'A great achievement to have three finalists in the awards this year.'

Councillor Peter Wharf, Deputy Leader at Dorset Council, said:  “The recent COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the value that digital can bring to our lives and the need for collaborative working.  I am proud to say that as a county we are clearly in good hands. What a great achievement to have three finalists in the awards this year, all of whom represent our vision to position Dorset as a leader in digital transformation.

“One of the most hotly contested categories each year is the ‘Young Digital Leader Award’.  I am heartened to see Sam McLaren, who joined this council as an apprentice just a few years ago, thriving in his career and up for the title. As Sam has so clearly expressed in his entry, digital as a way of working is not just about the technology; it is always first and foremost about our people.

“In the Digital Public Service Innovation of the Year category we have two entries that demonstrate just this. The first project by identifying vulnerable learners and the second by helping everyone to improve their digital skills and build a digital culture in Dorset.

“Our challenge as a council is to continue to think innovatively about how we design services and use technology, saving us all time and money. I am proud of all our contestants and encourage all our staff, councillors, Senior Leadership Team and residents to vote for your Dorset Digital Leaders.”

If you have voted for our finalists in the DL 100 Awards 2020 then you may wish to tell us on Twitter @digitaldorset or Facebook superfastdorset to help encourage others to vote.   Thank you.

Voting closes at 12 noon on Friday 28th August 2020 with the winners announced on 15th October 2020.

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