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:
A key theme of the Civil Service Reform Plan is a more unified Civil Service. Senior Civil Service representing departments across Sheffield have responded to this challenge by setting up a network to promote the sharing of ideas, best practice and information.
It is hoped that by working more closely together this will deliver opportunities and benefits for colleagues. At its first meeting the network explored a number of themes including what more can be done to develop our people, how to encourage greater movement between departments, the scope for greater cross site working and making Sheffield the location of choice outside London.
This is early days for the network but it has the support of the Head of the Civil Service, Sir Bob Kerslake who recognises that there is much which can be achieved by exploiting what departments have in common.
You can find out more information about the network and how to join by contacting Gillian Hillier at the Department of Education via Gillian.email@example.com or 0114 274 2431
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
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 winter newsletter 2013. You can join our direct contact list by clicking here.
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.
- 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. Opportunities
- 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
- Resourcing Consultant at MoJ, Wakefield
- 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: Mon 17th March: Leeds Civic Hall, Calverley Street Leeds LS1 1UR: 1 – 4.30pm
These mock interviews are for a group of unemployed 16-17 year olds who are at the end of a 10 week employability course. Many of them are vulnerable learners with low self-confidence, self-esteem and self-belief so they need extra support to secure employment. You will conduct up to 4 x 20 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. 3 places left.
Interactive Workplace: Weds 19th March: Boston Spa High School, Clifford Moor Road, Boston Spa, Wetherby. LS23 6RW: ~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 previously 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? 5 spaces left.
Mock Employment Tribunal: Mon 19th and / or Tues 20th May: Leeds City College: 9.30am – 12.30pm (Mon & Tues); 1-3.30pm (Tues only)
We are working with Leeds City College to provide their students with opportunities to interact with real employers and we are seeking volunteers from within the legal profession to act as judges when the students take part in a mock employment tribunal. The tribunal will be regarding a dispute between the employer and the employee over employment rights. Each group of students will be given a case regarding one of the following: unfair dismissal; redundancy/payments; discrimination. There are three sessions to choose from: Monday 19th, 9.30am – 12.30pm; Tuesday 20th, 9.30am – 12.30pm; Tuesday 20th, 1 – 3.30pm. Ideally we would like to have 2 volunteer judges for each. 6 spaces in total.
Cashpoints: Thurs 19th June: Benton Park High School: ~8.30am – 3pm
Form an orderly queue because it’s time for Cashpoints! If you haven’t already supported this event, roll up your sleeves and get ready for a treat! Loud, fast and delightfully competitive – can you help a team of 6 students lead their business to victory on the day by maximising sales and income? Participants learn what’s important for success in business and get a chance to use and develop all the skills needed to make that success happen. No special knowledge or experience is required to volunteer at this business simulation game and volunteer places go fast so if you’re interested, let us know ASAP! 9 volunteers needed.
Inspiring Futures careers event: Weds 9th July: Leeds Civic Hall: ~10am – 2pm
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 16-17yr 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.
You’re Hired! interview skills training: Fri 11th July: Mount Saint Mary’s High School: ~8.30am – 3pm
At this You’re Hired! interview skills training event you will support a team of 6 year 9 students (aged 13-14yrs) to participate in a series of tasks designed to teach them how to succeed at a job interview. We ask that volunteers for this event have some previous experience of conducting interviews e.g. in a recruitment / HR / team manager role. This event is lead from the front by a member of the EBP and your role is to ensure your team understand the tasks set and help them to perform well by giving guidance and sharing your experience of how to succeed at interview. 15 volunteers needed.
Interactive Workplace careers event: Mon 14th July: Benton Park High School: ~9am – 2.30pm
This repeat of last year’s highly successful event is for Benton Park’s lovely 6th form students. Whether you’re a sole trader, member of a multi-national company or somewhere in between, if you’d like to help this high flying group of young people discover careers they hadn’t previously considered and find a job that they’ll be really happy and successful in, then this career exploration event is for you. You will deliver 8 x 20 min workshops (support given to devise this) to groups of 6-7 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? 8 businesses needed.
1-1 Mentoring: Ongoing: 1hr per fortnight
Could you help a young person increase their confidence, self-esteem and aspirations for the future? You’ll get a chance to develop your communication and motivational skills, as well as gain a greater understanding of young people’s lives and you’ll be supporting Leeds’ ambition to become a ChildFriendlyCity. Time commitments vary but you would meet with your mentee on a regular basis (weekly / fortnightly). Full training and support is provided to volunteer mentors so all you need is the desire to help. We’re particularly in need of mentors to support young people in an East Leeds’ High School at the moment. Please contact us.
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!
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.
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- C-L-E_ Advert - Creative Learning Events are enterprise education experts who have a proven track record of working with schools to deliver high quality Enterprise Challenge Days and Work Related Learning Events.
You can read about the experiences of colleagues who have volunteered with these organisations by clicking on the links below.
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