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Become a buddy to change people's lives

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Would you like to build your skills and support a national scheme by coaching and mentoring people from another department?

If the answer is yes then we need your help - as a scheme buddy. 

The Going Forward into Employment (GFiE) scheme provides Life Chances through the provision of Civil Service (CS) opportunities.  They currently work to recruit ex-offenders and veterans into CS roles and are looking for buddies from across the East, South East and London region to support candidates and line managers.

Many candidates will have complex lives and the role of a buddy is designed to provide an opportunity for someone outside of their department/management chain to help with their thinking and share experiences to help them transition back into society.  It might be to listen, coach, mentor or support them as often as required. These roles require discretion, commitment and an understanding of the individual’s circumstances.

Buddies are also required for line managers, as it’s important for them to provide the right support and possible adjustments for the candidates during their integration with society and the workplace.

What are the benefits of being a buddy?

  • improved confidence, communication, listening and coaching skills
  • increased cross government networking
  • opportunities for self reflection and personal satisfaction
  • gaining new perspectives and insight into the challenges people with convictions have
  • development of personal leadership and coaching styles

What are the benefits to my department?

  • improved performance through staff development
  • reinforcing the departments commitment to learning and development
  • enhanced leadership and coaching skills in staff
  • improved staff morale, performance and motivation
  • Helps achieve talent development goals such as succession planning and ensuring solid leadership development

The role is vital to the scheme and will be in addition to your day job so please discuss with your line manager before applying.

If you want to develop your skills and help change people's lives then please email

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  1. Comment by Tzarina Sykes posted on

    Good Afternoon,

    I would love to know more about the successes within this programme and about the implementation. It seems like a fabulous scheme that could benefit our most vulnerable applicants and new starters.

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      Comment by Janine Clitheroe posted on


      Many thanks for you comment. I will be more than happy to have a conversation with you about the scheme and the successes.

      Would you be able to email our mailbox, so we can arrange a call?



      Project coordinator

  2. Comment by Tzarina Sykes posted on

    Thank you for your quick reply Janice.
    I have emailed you back and would be very apprentice of a call anytime at your convivence.

    Many thanks