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Defence People Innovation Challenge

Read more details about the Defence People Innovation Challenge HEREThe competition has a closing date of 16 May 2018. 

The MOD says that "People are central to Defence. We employ 195,520 full time military and civilians and 32,240 Part Time Reserves (as at 1 January 2018). We rely on the skills, commitment and professionalism of our people and place heavy demands on them. Recruiting, training and retaining the right mix of capable and motivated people is essential to success both on operations and at home."

"Spending on People accounted for around 30% out of £36 billion Defence spending in 2016-17. Defence must continually keep its costs and activities under review to ensure that the best result is achieved with the resources available. This includes exploring all opportunities to consider how to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our people and the supporting processes, behaviours and cultures

"Suppliers are invited to ... submit ideas which are focused on the five sub-challenges; Recruitment, Skills and Training, Retention, Motivation and Rehabilitation, as outlined in the competition summary document."

"The Defence People Innovation Challenge is intended to pull through innovative thinking from the private sector to help both address the challenges and consider how to integrate and exploit the benefits within current Defence structures."

"Up to £3 million is available for this challenge in the first year with further funding available in future years."


People are central for Team Defence - Industry and MOD working together.  Team Defence Information currently has a project about MOD-Industry Information Collaboration Skills and there is an Information Skills Workshop in the Defence Information 2018 Event that poses the question: “How do we support each other across the Defence Enterprise to attract, recruit and retain Information SQEP (i.e. Suitably Qualified and Experienced Persons)?"

Added: 20th March 2018


MOD-Industry Information Skills Collaboration Project