The Society of IT Management (Socitm) has launched this year’s Graham Williamson Challenge award, aimed at enabling an IT professional starting out in their career to undertake work experience abroad.
The award, established in 2004, is targeted at IT professionals in the early stages of their career who work or would like to work in local government. It offers a chance to gain a broader understanding and experience of public sector IT through a placement in a host local authority overseas.
Winners receive a grant to cover travel, accommodation and associated costs, on the expectation that they will be able to take a month's paid leave from work to fulfil the placement.
The challenge was established in memory of Graham Williamson, former head of IT at Argyll and Bute Council and a very active member of Socitm, who died in a motorcycle accident in 2000.
Last year’s winner, Clare Forbes, a business consultant from Hampshire County Council, spent a month in California meeting senior state IT and e-government staff and taking a trip to Google’s headquarters.
Applicants for the award must write 500 words describing why they are the right person to take up the challenge, what they hope to gain from the experience and how it will contribute to their career.
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