Civil Service Live is back this summer, with events in five locations in England, Scotland and - I’m delighted to say - for the first time, Wales. For civil servants, it’s the biggest learning opportunity of the year, counting towards your five days, and you can register now.
This year, CS Live has a special purpose, to promote a vision of what our Civil Service needs to be like in the future.
The Civil Service Board has given a lot of thought to what the Civil Service should look like in 2020. And we’ve taken views and advice from civil servants at all levels, across many regions, departments, agencies and professions in producing a vision of where we want to be by the end of the decade.
Over the coming months you will have the chance, via a range of forums, channels and platforms, to learn more about this vision and what it means for us as civil servants.
Civil Service Live 2016 is a key opportunity to do this, and to understand some of the actions we are taking to turn the vision into reality.
The core themes of the event are the four pillars that support the Civil Service vision:
- Improved outcomes - providing efficient, trusted services for the public, designed around users’ needs
- Effective leadership - how we develop great Civil Service leaders who are inspiring, confident and empowering and who live our values
- Skilled people - developing high-performing, adaptable civil servants who take personal responsibility
- A great place to work - one that is inclusive, flexible, modern and connected, and that encourages openness, challenge, innovation and excellence
At Civil Service Live 2016 we will explore these themes, showcasing examples of best practice from within the Civil Service across each area, in a programme designed to give practical insights and advice on developing the skills and capabilities we need to realise the vision.
We achieve a huge amount, and we are rightly proud of these achievements, but we know we can work in ways that are even smarter and more efficient. This is at the heart of the vision. Everything about it, and much that we are already doing, is geared to making this the best Civil Service in the world – from attracting and developing talent from the broadest possible pool so that we are truly representative of the people we serve, and ensuring everyone has the opportunity to realise their potential; to breaking down barriers that inhibit collaboration across departmental boundaries; and building up the cross-government functions and professions.
I plan to be at every one of the events this year, talking about these issues – and listening to what you have to say.
We need to bring the vision into focus and discuss what it will take to create the Civil Service of the future. Civil Service Live is your chance to engage with the challenges and opportunities that presents.
But above all, it is an opportunity to think about yourself, your development, and make new contacts across the Civil Service.
So, register now, find out what the vision is all about, and what you can do to make it a reality.
See you in the summer!