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Talent Management Celebration

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The fourth Talent Management Programme for Administrative Grades in the North East has just ended with a fabulous presentation event.

This is a picture of future leaders in the north eastPhotograph of future leaders in the north eastFuture leaders and managers from HMRC, DWP, DeFRA, Skills Funding Agency, the Legal Aid Agency,  HM Passport Office, have completed a ten-month programme to develop their leadership skills.


They participated in five two-day learning sets covering core competence areas of collaborating in a team, leading, communicating, building capability for all and managing a quality service .


Each participant had their own Photograpgh of participant, line manager and mentormentor from another department who encouraged and challenged them to put their learning into practice. An important part of this programme is cross-departmental working, where participants have the opportunity to share good practice and ideas.



Photograpgh of facilitatorsParticipants worked in two groups, calling themeselves ‘The Grade Escape’ and ‘Stuart' and presented in a fun and informative way to their line managers and mentors to show what they had learned and how their confidence had grown. They thanked their line managers, mentors and the facilitators:  Sarah Heslop, DeFRA;  Craig Fairless, Rural Payments Agency; Tony Jennings, DWP; Jill Richardson, DWP; Phil Traise, HMRC; and Mandy Linsley, HMRC for thier support.

Photograph of Steering Group Representative awarding a certficateClaire Emmerson from the  Legal Aid Agency represented the Civil Service Local North East Steering Group and presented participants with their Certificate of Learning. Claire wished participants well and encouraged them to continue with their learning.

Many of the Talent Management graduates will be available at the CS Local Exhibition Stand at CS Live Newcastle on 3 July.  Come along and say hello and hear from them about their experiences on the programme.

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  1. Comment by Robbie Cross posted on

    A fantastic event celebrating the end of a brilliant programme - it's my second year of being involved in the Talent Management Scheme and I think everyone should get involved.

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      Comment by Michele Crawford posted on

      Thank you Robbie for helping to make the programme such as success by mentoring a participant from another department.

  2. Comment by Lesley-Ann Gunton posted on

    It has been a privilege to act as a mentor for the North East Talent Management Programme, the drive and enthusiasm of the participants is infectious and they are real ambassadors for the talent we have here in the North East.

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      Comment by Michele Crawford posted on

      Thank you for being a mentor on the programme again Lesley-Ann. The contribution of cross-departmental mentors is important to help make sure the participants make the most of their learning.

  3. Comment by Stephanie Wakeling posted on

    As a participant of the scheme this year i would recommend it to people who would like to progress in the civil service and enjoys building confidence and self awareness. It was nice to gain an insight on different organisations and how their practices work and lovely meeting new people.

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      Comment by Michele Crawford posted on

      It's great that you have learned a lot and recommend this programme to others. Best wishes for your future development.

  4. Comment by Neil McBride posted on

    I thoroughly enjoyed being on the Talent Management 2013/2014 programme. The things I was taught about myself and others have blown my mind. Talent Management truly is an asset to the Civil Service.... long may it continue!

    I highly recommended it to people with the drive to develop themselves.

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      Comment by Michele Crawford posted on

      Thank you for your comments about the programme. Continue with your own drive for development and keep an eye out for other CS Local opportunities.

  5. Comment by Mandy Linsley posted on

    There are so few leadership programmes available to admin grades within the Civil Service therefore Talent Management will undoubtely have a huge positive inpact on our future leaders and the wider Civil Service Reform. I have worked with many admin officers who have incredible talent and to see an opportunity that is now readily available to them can only give the Civil Service a greater and more positive step up for its future.

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      Comment by Michele Crawford posted on

      Thank you for your contribution to the programme as a faciltator. We are currently looking for facilitators and group coaches for our new Talent Academy which begins in October.

  6. Comment by Celia Nicholson posted on

    I totally enjoyed my time on the talent management course. I would recommend this to everyone who wants to progress in the civil service. I have learnt a lot about myself and met some lovely people. The facilitors and mentors attached to this course really make it 🙂 Thanks for a great time..

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      Comment by Michele Crawford posted on

      Thank you for your comments, particularly about the facilitators and mentors on the programme. They carry out those roles in addition to their normal jobs and are loaned to us by their departments as part of their contribution to the programme. We had facilitators from DWP, HMRC and DEFRA this year. Mentors came from those departments and from Driving Standards Agency, Valuation Office Agency, Education, HM Passport Office, and Skills Funding Agency (Business Innovation and Skills). We couldn't do it without them.

  7. Comment by Jennifer Hooper posted on

    I got more from the Talent Management Programme than I even hoped for!

    The facilitators were so supportive and informative, challenging us when necessary to get us to move out of our comfort zone and develop. From each session we gained new self awareness and refocused on our personal aims which can ofter go to the wayside with day to day responsibilities.

    I literally couldn't have asked for a better mentor in David Yellowley and he continues to support me beyond the programme.

    Finally I have found my 'Grade Escape' and start a new role for HMRC in the coming weeks. Thanks for a great experience.