As described in the CS Reform Plan and the Civil Service Capabilities Plan, a new Civil Service Competency Framework [PDF], replacing Professional Skills for Government, has been adopted across government from April 2013.
Design and development of the framework has involved extensive consultation across Government including SCS interviews, operational focus groups, profession leads and Heads of D&E .
In April 2012, the framework was launched in Home Office, Business Innovation and Skills, Department for Communities and Local Government, Department for Culture Media and Sport and the Valuation Office Agency.
Evaluation outputs from this work have been used to improve the framework which is now available.
The framework focuses as much on behaviours as on skills. This includes promoting and supporting behaviour that focuses on achieving results, continuous improvement and breaking down hierarchies and silos.
It supports the delivery of a pacier, innovative, results-orientated culture and ensure consistent high standards are used for recruitment, promotion and performance management across the Civil Service.
Alignment to the Professions
The Cross government leads from each profession met to discuss how professional frameworks could best be aligned to the new Civil Service Competency Framework.
All profession leads agreed that professional frameworks should be aligned to the generic framework in order to achieve consistency across the Civil Service. This work was completed by the majority of professions by April 2013.
“The IT framework describes professional skills, knowledge, experience and qualifications – we will use the generic framework alongside this to drive the right behaviours across the profession.”
Paul Waller, IT profession lead.