In December 2019, we began helping HMRC to manage, support, progress and develop the platform as part of mixed teams of Made Tech engineers, Civil Service participants and other suppliers. This has involved using bleeding edge AWS technology that hasn’t been used before and included a migration to ECS from home grown tools that had been used before ECS and Kubernetes existed.
The platform teams have helped HMRC to rapidly build and deploy the key new applications used to roll out the Government’s COVID-19 stimulus package. These include the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, the Self Employment Income Support Scheme and the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme.
Furthermore, we have helped HMRC to increase capacity and replace an external training supplier who wasn’t meeting the specific needs of the platform. We supplied an Apprentice Lead and leveraged our experience and learning materials from the Made Tech Academy to establish a full-time academy training 10 apprentices.
This has involved developing the skills required to be DevOps engineers, as well as integrating them into the platform teams. This technology skills enablement work includes Test Driven Development, Python, Infrastructure as Code (Terraform), AWS, Agile software development, communication and collaboration.