As part of our new project helping vulnerable citizens, we spent a day supporting volunteers in Blackpool to enable them to serve the local community better.
Would you like to discover more about the work of government in Cumbria? Or know how to get a qualification in leadership and management? Come to our events in Workington and find out more.
The second part of the Middle Managers’ Academy was held in Preston at Lancashire Police HQ, so the appearance of TV detectives Kojak and Columbo wasn’t surprising. But the serious message of the event was the importance of middle managers developing themselves so they can be better, more inspiring leaders.
The Attendance Management network team held meetings around the region for managers to discuss the various issues relating to managing attendance. And although the events were held in four diverse locations, the same issues came up time and time again.
It’s that time of year when civil servants start planning our development for the next 12 months. Maybe you’re thinking about making the move to a different department? But do you know which other government departments are in your area? Come to our Discover Liverpool event to find out what opportunities await.
Would you like to improve your skills and competencies while helping to raise the aspirations of school children? Do you live near Crewe? Why not volunteer for our Inspiring Young People project? It gives students practical advice to help prepare them for the world of work, while providing you as a civil servant with a valuable opportunity to develop yourself.
It’s not every day that you can learn about resilience and crisis management from a senior civil servant who is involved with planning the government’s response to threats ranging from terrorist attacks to floods. But civil servants at a recent discovery session in Blackpool had precisely that opportunity.
Through my involvement with several Civil Service Local projects, I’ve learned how cross-government working can lead to sharing good practice and discovered the importance of engaging with people at all levels. I’ve benefitted from my experiences, and so has my employer, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
Colleagues across the North West have developed their leadership skills and earned a qualification through Civil Service Local’s partnerships with learning providers. To date, 120 civil servants have taken, or are taking, a level 5 Apprenticeship in Learning and Management.
As part of National Apprenticeship Week, our blog will showcase how Civil Service Local is supporting the drive to celebrate and promote the benefits of becoming an apprentice. Today, we highlight how our learning and development (L and D) network is aiming to pool knowledge from across the Civil Service to support the government’s aim of increasing the number of apprentices in the public sector.
Human resources and talent professionals might be interested in two up-coming, free events being held in Leeds and Manchester.
“Don’t even think about it – just do it!” A recorded address from John Manzoni, the Civil Service CEO, encouraged colleagues to get involved with Civil Service Local and help make a difference to citizens. Colleagues at a Continuous Improvement event in Manchester took him at his word, as I found out.
Sue Bridson from HM Revenue and Customs reflects on the developmental journey she has made so far with Civil Service Local.
Civil Service Local North West held celebration events to thank the volunteers whose hard work and enthusiasm has made the citizen focussed projects so successful. Mandy Morris, from HM Courts and Tribunals Service, took part in the Going Forward project at Hindley Green prison and went to one of the events, where she swapped stories and reminisced about how she had made a difference.
Would you like to improve your skills and competencies while helping to raise the aspirations of school children? Applications are open now for the next phase of our Inspiring Young People project, which aims to give students practical advice to help prepare them for the world of work, while providing Civil Servants with a valuable opportunity to develop themselves.
How to improve a team’s performance is one of the key concerns of any manager. Paul Brown led a discovery session on how to drive high-performing teams, and his candid, relaxed style found favour with an engaged audience in Birkenhead . . .
As civil servants we often view the role of the Civil Service through the lens of experience. We know that what we do improves the lives of our citizens - but do they know that? We teamed up with journalism students from Liverpool City College so they can cover events on our behalf while adding to their portfolio of work. These aspiring young journalists have a keen eye and a different perspective. Do they see what we see? Student Liam Bulloch had his first brush with civil servants when he attended the North West Academy.
Devolution is a word that’s bandied about frequently, but how much do we really know about it? A pilot for a new discovery session about devolution revealed some of the answers.
Places are still available for this year’s Apprenticeship in Leadership and Management, and you can sign up at Civil Service Live. The 12-month programme is a university level, formally-accredited and recognised qualification.
Volunteers from the Food Standards Agency organise a hog roast for St Catherine's Hospice in Preston.