Network helps apprentices learn to develop

Learning and Development (L & D) colleagues from 10 departments make up the Civil Service Local L & D network in the north west. They aim to work collaboratively to share skills, experiences and best practice across departments, and to provide professional support to members to resolve common issues. 

The Civil Service is playing its part in achieving the government’s aim of enrolling 3 million new apprenticeships by 2020, and the network has focussed on this challenge. All departments will be increasing their recruitment of apprentices, either through employing new people or by offering additional formal learning to some of their existing staff, and the group are hoping to play a supportive role over the coming year.

Some departments already have experience of recruiting and managing apprentices, and there are lessons to be learned from the successes and challenges that have been encountered so far. Colleagues from Civil Service Resourcing recently joined the network, and the group are now planning to improve the experience for apprentices, recruiters and line managers.

Our Civil Service Local NW L&D network is led by Chris Pidgeon from the Health and Safety Executive. Keep checking this blog site for details of future collaborations, and contact Chris to find out more information or to join the group. We will put you in touch with the existing group members if your department is already represented.

Civil Service Local is playing another part in the drive to boost apprenticeships, through the Inspiring Young People project that works with schoolchildren to raise their career aspirations. The seven week project aims to promote the Civil Service as a future employer by highlighting the number of different job roles and departments available. One of the weeks focuses on Civil Service apprenticeships, which include opportunities in business, finance, project delivery and digital work, in a wide variety of locations around the UK. It guides pupils through the application process, from completing an online form and undergoing a selection exercise to filling-in a competency based questionnaire. Successful students are then invited to an assessment centre, where they will take part in group tasks, written tests and interviews.



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  1. Comment by Mark Stewart posted on


    Can you please provide me with some contact details for this network as the email link for Chris keeps bouncing back undelivererable.


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      Comment by John Mark Haskey posted on

      I have updated the link - it had a full stop at the end. I think it will work now, J