I say it's all Brendan Rodgers' fault - the Liverpool football team manager's unique style made me believe they could win the cup. If that could happen - then anything was possible. So, I applied for the Institute of Learning and Management's Level 5 Apprenticeship Programme. Brendan let me down, the course didn't.
Una O’Brien, Permanent Secretary at the Department of Health and the Civil Service Local – West Midlands Champion, will give the keynote address at the Senior Leaders’ event in Birmingham on 6 March 2015
A very valuable session which included so much information about how elections work in the UK, an inspirational story about attending the north west Academy, and even a premier showing of a short film!
The Going Forward project begins anew this week. We'll bring together a new team of civil servants to work with offenders at Her Majesty's Prison Thorn Cross.
Steven Paul was so inspired and motivated by last year's Civil Service Local Academy in Preston, he decided to harness and share his enthusiasm back in the workplace.
Find out more about an exciting and unique opportunity to gain a University level qualification through Civil Service Local. We're working in partnership with Lancashire Adult Learning to offer Level 5 Apprenticeships in Leadership and Management.
Jackie Southcombe tells us about another successful Continuous Improvement event organised by the Civil Service Local network she leads in order to focus on that expertise in the north west.
Are you a civil servant in the north west of England? Would you like an opportunity to exchange skills, knowledge and expertise with others and increase your flexibility? Our Exchange to Change programme may be the way for you.
The Government Access Project - known as GAP, recently helped 65 patients as well as staff and carers at Trinity Hospice, Blackpool. Our team of cross-government volunteers are now looking forward to returning to Trinity and other local hospices in 2015 to develop their skills further and continue to support our community.
The Citizen and Celebration Event in the north west of England was a day dedicated to achievement and commitment. Our volunteer civil servants working with Civil Service Local give more than just their time to our citizen-focused programmes. The three projects which led to our winning a Civil Service Award for Excellence in Reform work with young people, offenders and those accessing hospice care to make a real difference. The day was a chance to showcase the innovation and creativity that comes from encouraging civil servants to work across government.
A good news story that has it all - networking, continuous improvement and cross-government collaboration. Find out how Jen Frankish proved that it really is worth showing some initiative to help get things done.
Linda Goulding speaks about the "really invigorating experience ... working with some great people" in a fantastic week as a facilitator at a Civil Service Local Learning Development Academy in Newcastle.
When I was offered an opportunity to take part in the Going Forward Project to deliver a series of workshops to youth offenders at HMP Hindley, I had no idea what to expect. What I found was an incredible bond between co-workers and a huge insight into a whole new world.
Ian Booth of the Land Registry spent 4 days at the West Midlands Academy with the Transformers. Here is a brief account of his experience.
Do you want to learn and develop? Do you want to try something different? We have a number of opportunities within our three areas in the east and south east corner of England, including London, that could be useful to you.
CS Local North West are up for the “Excellence in Civil Service Reform” award. Kathie Bates and her leadership team have been invited to the auspicious Awards Ceremony in London on 19 November 2014 and we wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported us.
Discovery Session: 04 November 2014: If you've looked at Clouds from all sides now and you're still in a muddle, come and let us tell you about the Huddle. It's IT in terms you understand - technophobes welcome!