civil service reform

Discovering opportunities in project management

The first discovery session on project and programme management has been held at Preston’s Kirkham prison, with a diverse audience of North West civil servants taking part. Alex Scott, covering his first CS Local event, found that the knowledge the audience took away with them could be a springboard into a new career.

Discover your next step in Liverpool

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.

Inspire the next generation in Crewe

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.

Two years of bridging the GAP for hospice patients

The Government Access Point project, which takes services to hospice patients and their families at a difficult time, is celebrating its second birthday. As a project manager, I can say that we’ve come a long way since an enthusiastic handful of volunteers from across the Civil Service first got together to discuss the idea. Starting with a blank sheet of paper, we have now developed a project that is leading the way in new ways of working and providing government services in different, innovative ways.

Network helps apprentices learn to develop

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.

Reaching out at the Olive Branch

I've been a civil servant for 17 years and have only ever worked for one department, HMRC, so I was keen to broaden my experience and do something different. Working on the new pilot project Citizen Outreach – Government (COG) gave me the chance to work with colleagues from other departments as well as voluntary organisations and citizens directly. It was a rewarding experience.

Networking continues improvement

“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.