Welcome to Civil Service Yorkshire and the Humber,
representing over 38,780 civil servants working in over 715 locations, across 17 departments. We are part of Civil Service Local (formerly Civil Service in the English Regions), an initiative endorsed by the Head of the Civil Service Sir Bob Kerslake and the trade unions, to create a positive culture, identity and brand for the Civil Service.
A Message from our SRO, Jonathan Lindley
“It is good to see that many of the projects which we were working on when this programme launched back in 2009 have now been mainstreamed in to Civil Service business. For example Civil Servants now have the opportunity to apply for any advertised vacancy regardless of their department or grade and can sign up to a new training service offered by Civil Service Learning. I Chair the local Steering Group which includes representatives from across departments in Yorkshire and the Humber. I am keen that we continue to take this programme forward and focus on how departments can best work together to create something wholly worthwhile for staff, whilst realising a number of key benefits”.
If you would like to be involved in supporting one of our projects by participating in working groups, there are lots of opportunities to do so, and your contribution would be very welcomed. Please discuss with your line manager first and then contact the team at this link.
Work with CS Local:
Engaging Schools Volunteering Opportunities: Would you like to establish and lead a team of civil servants to help create and deliver development activities in schools to improve the confidence and skills of young people in Yorkshire and the Humber.
Discovery Sessions Project Lead: We are also looking for someone to work with the CS Local North East and Yorkshire and the Humber Team to lead on and implement a series of cross-departmental discovery sessions for our civil servants. Find out more here and if you are interested complete the Discovery Sessions Project Lead Expression of Interest form
Civil Service Local Reporter: Finally for now we are seeking reporters to help us create and devise case studies and news stories to showcase the work of CS Local and our partners. Find out more here and complete the Reporter Expression of Interest form
Broaden Your Outlook
New Job shadowing opportunities with a number of Civil Service Departmants across Yorkshire and the Humber to help expand your knowledge of what is happening outside your own business area.
To find out more scroll down to the Your Oportunities tab, where you can also read about the experiences of a colleague who undertook a Job Shadowing opportunity at Dewsbury Job Centre.
We also have a cross-departmental mentoring programme to share and learn from colleagues in other departments,
New volunteering opportunities are also available with Leeds Education Business Partnenership and other organisations across Yorkshire and the Humber.
Visit the Your Opportunities section below. You can also read about the experiences of colleagues who have volunteered with some of these organisations.
Keep up to date
Want to be informed about the latest news from Civil Service Yorkshire and the Humber?
- Take a look at the latest CS Local Yorkshire and the Humber Key Message document and the CS Local Newsletter Summer 2013.
- You can join our direct contact list by clicking here. Don’t forget to let us know your name, department and the office you work from as well as your contact details.
Civil Service Local – Yorkshire and the Humber Talent Management Programme.
Deadline for Applications: Friday 20 December 2013
Are you looking to develop your skills? Would you like to find out more about the Civil Service in Yorkshire and the Humber (CSY&H)? Then this great opening could be the one for you.
The CSY&H Talent Management Programme is aimed at admin assistants and admin officers (or equivalent grades) and is designed to provide participants with the skills to become generalist first time managers and potential leaders. There are five core modules – team working, communication, leadership, coaching and customer service. The Programme offers the unique experience of working alongside civil servants from a range of government departments.
Information about the Programme for participants and line managers and details on how to apply can be found visting our Talent Management page .
Celebration to mark the end of the first Yorkshire and Humber Talent Management Programme
Participants (at grades AA and AO), their Line managers and mentors attended a celebration event in Leeds on 23 October to mark the end of the CS Local Yorkshire and Humber Talent Management Programme.
Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive with some participants having since secured a promotion, trasnfer to another department or taken advantage of other developmental opportunities. Read the full story here
- Valuation Office Agency (VOA) – Anne Lloyd
- UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) – Denise Lake
- Land Registry – Dorothy Winter
- Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) –George Auterson
- National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) – Anthony Knowles
- The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) – Karen Wright
- Home Office - Katharine Thompson
- Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) – Nick Dover
- Food Standards Agency – Lesley Devlin
- Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) -Denise Horsfall
- UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) – Neville Myers
- Highways Agency – Glynnis Colesby
- Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) – Paul Hopgood
- Department of Health (DH) – John Ryder
- Support the Civil Service in becoming an exemplar in staff development;
- Support the Civil Service diversity vision to make our workforce more representative of the communities we serve;
- Support our people in achieving their professional potential and in leading healthy, fulfilled lives.
- Make it easier to move jobs across grade and department and facilitate redeployment via the Single Vacancy Offer;
- Develop our talent pool by working with Fast Stream and other talent schemes to generate placements;
- Share learning and development opportunities across the different departments.
- Encourage creative and innovation solutions to delivering more with less;
- Investigate opportunities for data sharing and collaborative working to deliver cross-departmental business objectives;
- Share good practice and lessons learned with departments, other organisations and the wider public sector.
- Increase the use of the shared facilities resource;
- Leverage our collective buying power for the benefit of the taxpayer and staff.
- Identify opportunities for our organisations and their employees to look outwards and contribute to the society in which they live and work;
- Increase the numbers of civil servants who undertake volunteering.
In addition to formal training opportunities provided by Civil Service Learning (CSL) and departments, there is a need for localised low or no cost cross departmental development opportunities to promote mobility, break down department silos and address local needs.
We aim to:
- increase the number and availability of cross departmental development opportunities, including mentoring, job shadowing and action learning sets;
- consider and agree standard ways of working across areas where appropriate to share good practice and prevent duplication;
- work with Civil Service Learning (CSL) to identify areas where a partnership approach would be beneficial;
- generate local opportunities.
Many departments and agencies already take part but we would like to increase participation
This innovative scheme means that instead of hiring external venues for meetings, you can now access the database and search for rooms free of charge (excluding catering).
View the register of meeting rooms and contact details to book them.
If you can offer any premises, have a query or have an amendment for the register, please get in touch with our regional estates lead.
his or her career then you could be a mentor.
Do you want to improve your self-confidence, or develop specific skills? If so, you could benefit from having a mentor.
The Civil Service Local Cross Government Department Mentoring Scheme is an excellent low or no cost development opportunity. We match a mentee with a mentor from another government department. You both get a chance to share best practises, increase networks and get a wider perspective of the work and opportunities outside of your own department.
As a mentor, you get a sense of satisfaction and achievement in watching your mentee develop and it is an opportunity to use and develop your own interpersonal skills. As a mentee, you have access to a sounding board, in a safe and confidential environment, to seek impartial and objective advice. In addition, it is an opportunity to tap into your mentor’s experience and expertise.
To take part in the scheme you will need to discuss with and have the agreement of your line manager.
For more information, including how to apply please see the link below or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Research suggests staff would welcome the opportunity to spend time in a different department to improve their personal development. Feedback from those who have had the experience shows they found it interesting, extremely valuable and worthwhile and have returned to their jobs with renewed enthusiasm. In the current economic climate, it also gives individuals the opportunity to find out more about a department should redeployment be necessary in the future.
There are a number of reasons why we would offer colleagues this opportunity for Personal Development namely:
- To provide colleagues the opportunity to experience first hand how another Government organisation operates;
- To fill a potential skills gap that the individual or Line Manager may have identified.
- To help colleagues realise what skills are required to work in another department
- To broaden their outlook of civil service life outside their own department;
- In these ever changing times, to help colleagues decide whether or not life in another department could be an option for them
There will also hopefully be mutual benefit for Departments namely:
- To give a new opportunity to develop staff knowledge, skills and attitudes;
- can promote networking with other departments
- gains a more outward looking and diversely skilled staff;
- obtains new skills and knowledge to enable staff to progress;
- is in a better position to manage change;
- is a fresh perspective on the operation of parts of the organisation
- identifies contacts that could be useful sources of advice in the future;
- Benefits from the knowledge, skills and experience of the job shadower.
Read here about the experiences of a colleague from the Valuation Office Agency who undertook a Job Shadowing opportunity at Dewsbury Job Centre. Dewsbury Job Centre Job Shadowing Case Study
- Head of Business and Performance at HMP Everthorpe
- Employer and Partnership Working, DWP Bradford
- JSA Personal Adviser at DWP, Bradford
- Jobshadow an HEO and learn more about managing staff, leadership and time management at DWP, Bradford
- Personal Adviser and Personal Adviser Manager roles at DWP, Halifax.
- LEAN tools and the work of the West Yorkshire Continuous Improvement Team, DWP
- Front-of-house Jobcentre Plus roles, including Customer Service Manager role, Reception, Fortnightly Interventions, Adviser interviews. An opportunity to understand processes, priorities and targets. Available at Kirklees Cluster/Batley JC/ Spen Valley JC/Dewsbury JC /Huddersfield JC.
- Front-facing Jobcentre roles at DWP, Pontefract.
- 18-24 Personal Adviser role at DWP, Bradford.
- JCP KEIGHLEY AND BRADFORD Lone Parent Personal Advisory Team
- C1(SEO) Senior Policy and Quality Manager at MOD, York
- Defence Business Services (DBS NSV) at MOD, York
- Duty Supervisor at HMPS LEEDS
- Resourcing Consultant at MoJ, Wakefield
- Wakefield Magistrates Court
- Crown Court Clerks Sheffield Shadowing a court clerk to show the day to day running of a criminal court
- HM Courts, Regional Payment Centre, Morley The opportunity will gain an understanding how the team maintain a high standard of customer service
- Concept House Sheffield Collective Investment The participant will have an opportunity to attend a team performance board meeting and gain a valuable insight into the collaborative team work of HMRC
- HMRC National Campaign Team, Concept House, Sheffield The participant will gain an insight of the breath of activity required of this demanding support role to manage and deliver a quality service.
- HMRC, Special Investigations, Concept House, Sheffield. The participant will gain an appreciation of the breath of the activity the team undertake and experience work in a diverse range of high risk areas.
To take part in a job shadowing opportunity please complete the Expression of Interest form
Could you offer a job shadowing opportunity?
We would like to offer a wide a range of opportunities and encourage as many people as possible to take advantage of the offers.
These should in the main be 1 day offers so that operational impact is kept to a minimum.
If you can offer a job shadowing opportunity please complete the attached Development Exchange Pro Forma and return it to Richard.email@example.com.
Civil Service Yorkshire and the Humber (CSYH) is seeking to maximise the benefits for all by bringing together local opportunities and volunteers, and guiding activities towards key government policy areas such as social mobility and regeneration.
Our current opportunities are:
Leeds Education Business Partnership
Leeds Education Business Partnership runs various activities which help young people develop the key skills & knowledge required for the workplace in order to maximise their chance of securing employment when the time comes. All of our events are supported by volunteers from business because it’s you that makes the difference. Young people who have 4 or more opportunities to engage with employers whilst at school are 5 times less likely to become unemployed than those who haven’t had that engagement.
All our current volunteering opportunities are listed below so if you or anyone you know would like to get involved, just e-mail Becky and Lee at EBPInbox@leeds.gov.uk and we’ll save you a space. Training is provided for all activities. Hope to see you soon!
Mock Interviews: Thurs 23rd January: Leeds Civic Hall: 11.30am – 3.30pm
Mock interviews give young people the chance to experience an interview and to practise the skills needed to succeed at a job interview. Volunteers are needed on 12th December to conduct mock interviews with a range of vulnerable 16-17 year olds (e.g. young people in care / unemployed / living in poverty) who are in need of extra support to successfully secure employment. You will conduct 6 x 25 minute interviews with different candidates and give 10mins of constructive feedback on their performance. Please note that you must have some previous experience of conducting interviews to volunteer at this event. 1 space remaining.
Inspiring Futures careers event: Thurs 30th January: Leeds Civic Hall: 10am – 2.30pm
There are many young people in Leeds who are talented, sweet and who want to work but are struggling to secure a job or are unsure what job might suit them. The Inspiring Futures event will be attended by 16-24yr olds who are not currently in employment or training and who just need a bit of extra support choosing their direction in life. We’re looking for 10 local businesses to help inspire the futures of these young people. You will talk to the young people about your company and run a little activity with them that helps them to understand what working there involves. 10 businesses needed.
Workplace visit: Weds 5th or Thurs 6th February: Your workplace: 1.30 – 2.30pm
A group of 12 young jobseekers aged 16 – 24yrs are taking part in a short employability course starting in January 2014. In the second week of this course, we’d like the group to visit a couple of local workplaces in order to break down their barriers to employment by increasing their knowledge and experience of a typical workplace. Could you spare an hour to show this group around your workplace and talk to them about what you look for in new recruits?
Interactive Workplace: Thurs 19th March: Boston Spa High School: ~8.30am – 3pm
Whether you’re a sole trader, member of a multi-national company or somewhere in between, if you’d like to help young people discover careers they hadn’t previoulsy considered and get closer to finding their dream job that they’ll be really happy and successful in, then the Interactive Workplace career exploration event is for you. This event will be attended by young people aged between 15-16yrs. You will deliver 10 x 20 min workshops (support given to devise this) to groups of 5-6 students at a time. As well as sharing information about jobs within your organisation, you will run a short practical activity with students that gives them a flavour of a typical task they may find themselves doing if they did get a job at your company. Informative, insightful, inspirational… Interested? 12 businesses needed.
If you’d like to help young people choose the right career for them then consider volunteering at one of Leeds EBP’s hugely popular Interactive Workplace events. This is just one of the employer-supported activities Leeds EBP run with young people to help improve their knowledge and understanding of the working world; increase their employability; and develop their work-related skills. They are currently seeking volunteers to support the events listed below so if you or anyone you know would like to get involved, please get in touch. Training is provided for all activities. Hope to see you soon!
As part of the Government’s national Youth Contract initiative to reduce youth unemployment, Leeds City Council is holding the Inspiring Futures career exploration event on Thursday 30th January 2014.Leeds Civic Hall Millenium Square Leeds 11.00am—1.30pm
At the event, young people will be able to find out about all the services that have been put in place to help them secure employment including short-term work placements; on-going 1-1 mentoring sessions; opportunities to network with & explore careers in different businesses. Leeds EBU are looking for 15 businesses to support this event. Could you host a stand showcasing careers in your business & routes into your industry? Share information about the skills, attitudes & knowledge needed to succeed within your industry? Deliver a fun activity for young people which gives them a ‘flavour’ of what it would be like to work in your business. Inspire young people to put their unique skills, talents & passions to use in the workplace? Please contact us to find out more
One Day Events with Leeds Education Business Partnership
- ONGOING VOLUNTEERING
- Hosting Mock Interviews: At Your Workplace: Ongoing (from May 2013): ~3hrs
As part of the Government’s new billion pound Youth Contract initiative to reduce youth unemployment, Leeds EBP is seeking businesses to host short mock interviews for young people (aged 16 – 17yrs) who are currently not in employment, education or training. Mock interviews give young people the chance to practice the skills needed to succeed at a job interview. Interviews are a daunting experience even for the well-versed, so for a young person with no previous experience of what to expect or how to behave, their fear about the process can result in refusal to participate which creates a barrier to securing employment. Mock interviews help to remove this barrier. Please contact us if you can help
Volunteer with these organisations to develop your skills and help the local community. Find out more by clicking in the links below
- CatZero - CatZero is a registered charity designed to develop and deliver specialist programmes to meet the needs of children, young people, their families and the local community.
- Emmaus Leeds- Emmaus Communities enable people to move on from homelessness, providing work and a home in a supportive, family environment. Companions — as residents are known — work full time collecting renovating and reselling donated furniture. This work supports the Community financially and enables residents to develop skills and rebuild their self-respect.
- Holbeck Elderly Aid HEAis a registered charity located in one of the most deprived areas of the country. Its aims include:
- Helping improve older people’s quality of life.
- To help prevent social isolation.
- Improve physical & mental health of people 60+.
- To enable older people to live independently in the community if they wish.
- Keep Britain Tidy Eco-Schools is an international award programme that guides schools on their sustainable journey, providing a simple framework to help make good environmental practice an integral part of school life.
- Mosaic Founded by HRH the Prince of Wales in 2007, Mosaic’s mentoring programmes create opportunities for young people growing up in our most deprived communities
- Nurture by Nature - The Nurture by Nature project is a community allotment project based in Sheffield and provides an opportunity for young women and their children to take part in individual and group environmental and creative activities, which aim to reduce the stigma of mental health, empower service users and improve physical and mental well being
- SAGE GF - SAGE stands for Support Arts Gardening Education. We promote the mental and physical well-being of adults experiencing mental health problems via the provision of creative therapeutic activities
- St Wilfrid’s - St Wilfrid’s works with clients who often have multiple and high support needs which can include homelessness, addiction, mental health issues, learning disabilities and social exclusion.
You can read about the experiences of colleagues who have volunteered with these organisations by clicking on the links below.
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