Following the success of a CS Local Academy project in 2016, Civil Service Local will once again be hosting the Pride of the Civil Service Awards in 2017. Allowing us to celebrate ‘Ordinary people doing Extraordinary things’
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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.
Building capability is one of the key aims of Civil Service Local. As part of our ongoing look back at our first five years, Steering Group member Steve Field tells us how empowering people to be the best they can be is at the heart of what we do.
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.
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.
I'd never been to a steering group meeting before so it was a great opportunity to see how a group of senior leaders from a range of departments help deliver positive change to the Civil Service in our region.
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.
John Manzoni finds out about CS Local on a recent visit to Nottingham.
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.
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.
To mark this week's celebrations for International Women's Day, Janice Lea shares her thoughts and experiences as a woman working in the world of Civil Service Local.
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.
“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.
The manipulation of corporate profits and the use of different jurisdictions to avoid tax is a well-known issue, but the detailed knowledge of how it is achieved is often limited to technical specialists. Hear two eminent International and European law academics, Dr Tom O'Shea and Professor Hans Van Den Hurk talk on this topic.
Devolution means the transfer of some previously centralised UK powers to the parliament and assemblies of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. This session, led by Cabinet Office, will help you to discover more about the devolved administrations and why this is relevant …
The Interconnect project from the 2014 west Midlands Academy has come to an end. To share Claire Tomlinson's reflections please read on.
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I arrived at the Academy. I hadn’t been that keen to go, but my HEO told me it would be good for me and said I should apply. I’m so glad I had that push.