HR Civil Service Fast Stream


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Presentation by Charles Barlow, DWP Fast Streamer and Sussex Alumnus, at the University of Sussex, November 2011

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HR Civil Service Fast Stream

  1. 1. The HR Fast Stream Shape Yourself Shape our People Shape the Future
  2. 2. <ul><li>Consistently ranked in the top 10 of the &quot;Times Top 100 Graduate Employers“ </li></ul><ul><li>Ranked 15th in the “Guardian Top 300” </li></ul><ul><li>A highly established and reputable scheme </li></ul>Why choose us? We are award winning
  3. 3. Why choose us? Your ideas can drive change <ul><li>The Fast Stream is a talent management programme for </li></ul><ul><li>graduates who have the potential to become the future leaders </li></ul><ul><li>of the Civil Service.  </li></ul>One of the reasons for the Fast Stream’s popularity is that it enables graduates to have real impact on life in the UK and, often, the wider world. ...bring innovative solutions to some of the biggest HR issues facing society today at the heart of current affairs and key government agendas provide HR services for people from diverse communities As a HR Fast Streamer you will...
  4. 4. Fast Streams
  5. 5. What is Human Resources? Workforce Planning Employee Relations HR Business Partners Organisational Design Staff Engagement Employment Law People Management Equality and Diversity Training and Development Employee Policy Talent Management Change Management
  6. 6. Think of any HR job, anywhere in the world, in any organisation and it will be done somewhere in HR in the Civil Service.
  7. 7. The HR Fast Stream <ul><li>Two 18-month placements </li></ul><ul><li>Different Government departments </li></ul>
  8. 8. HR in the Civil Service <ul><li>Be at the cutting edge of making reform happen </li></ul><ul><li>Our HR Business Partners work to influence and deliver people and workforce management strategies. </li></ul><ul><li>Be at the strategic heart of the Civil Service </li></ul><ul><li>Implement a major change programme and work cross government to identify the impact of change on our people. </li></ul><ul><li>Design policies that affect everyone in the country </li></ul><ul><li>Form and evaluate Civil Service people policies through cross government research and analysis. </li></ul>Policy Corporate Operational
  9. 9. Training and Development <ul><li>You will be taking part in a structured learning and development programme , and </li></ul><ul><li>will be expected to work towards achieving Associate membership of the Chartered </li></ul><ul><li>Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD). We will provide full funding and support. </li></ul>...Core skills workshops and specialist business focused events. ...HR specific training modules and Fast Stream Core Learning ...flexible working to help you fit in training, studying and other opportunities such as coaching and mentoring. ... Opportunities to connect with HR professionals outside of the Civil Service. ...a wide network of support including mentoring, a buddy system and monthly meetings with Fast Stream graduates. Benefit from...
  10. 10. Other Benefits <ul><li>Starting Salary between £25,000 - £27,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Around 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays </li></ul><ul><li>Potential to work in various parts of the country </li></ul><ul><li>Exposure and visibility of cross government programmes </li></ul>Annual Fast Stream Conference Sports Competitions Social Events Charity Balls Fast Stream Forum Volunteering Opportunities Get Involved through…
  11. 11. At a glance… Amy Thomson MA Politics and International Relations Aberdeen Department and Role: Department for Transport, HR Casework Working to ensure the business and staff are well represented in all personnel matters. Working with legal and cross government to handle Employment Tribunals and Union issues Kohinoor Meghji BSc Management and Strategy - Aston Department and Role: Department for Work and Pensions, HR Pay and Reward Policy Adviser Working in collaboration with the Cabinet Office on Senior Salary Pay and Reward Reform. Gareth Liptrot MA Politics - York Department and Role: Home Office, HR Policy and Employee Relations Negotiating with the Unions on policy changes and implementation.
  12. 12. At a glance… Rachael Millar BSc HR Management & Employee Relations LSE Department and Role: Ministry for Justice HR Business Partner for Head Quarters. Working to support the Ministry of Justice through its people strategies Frances Ridge BSc Applied Social Sciences - Southampton Department and Role: Department for Work and Pensions, Organisation Design Analyst Helping to implement the Government’s Change Agenda through Universal Credit and Corporate Centre Transformation Ali Mayers MA English Literature - Bristol Department and Role: Home Office, HR Advisor Working to increase the capability of Home Office managers to deal effectively with tricky &quot;people issues“ and get the best out of their teams.
  13. 13. Quick Tips! Be confident Demonstrate determination Speak to people who work in HR Enjoy yourself! Be yourself Smile  Believe in yourself Draw on your past experience Research online Find us on Facebook Show your passion for HR Show drive
  14. 14. <ul><li>“ There is no better place to be an HR professional than in the Civil Service, and HR can, and does, make a difference to the way the Civil Service does business” </li></ul><ul><li>Chris Last, Head of Government HR Operations </li></ul>
  15. 15. The Recruitment Process Online Test: After application Verbal & numerical reasoning. E-Tray Exercise: November to February At centres nationwide. Assessment Centre: January to April Full day, made up of four exercises.
  16. 16. Practice for Online tests <ul><li>Practice websites: </li></ul><ul><li>Fast Stream </li></ul><ul><li>SHL </li></ul><ul><li>Saville Consulting </li></ul><ul><li>ASE </li></ul><ul><li>Practice books: </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Brilliant Psychometric Tests’ (2009) – Robert Edenborough </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Practice Tests for Critical Verbal Reasoning’ (2008) – Peter S. Rhodes </li></ul>
  17. 17. E-Tray
  18. 18. Assessment Centre Group Exercise & self-assessment Policy Recommendation Exercise E-tray - written Interview Briefing Exercise & self-assessment
  19. 19. Assessment Centre <ul><li>Tips for success: </li></ul><ul><li>Use open body language </li></ul><ul><li>Show enthusiasm and positivity – Good eye contact, smiles </li></ul><ul><li>Rationalise your fears – You can only do your best </li></ul><ul><li>The assessor’s aren't there to trip you up </li></ul><ul><li>Be confident and see it as an interesting challenge </li></ul>
  20. 20. Group Exercise <ul><li>Mock group exercise, testing: </li></ul><ul><li>Drive for Results, </li></ul><ul><li>Building Productive Relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Communicating with Impact. </li></ul><ul><li>Please get into groups of 5-7 </li></ul><ul><li>This is just a test but try to see it as a real assessment centre! </li></ul>
  21. 21. Group Discussion <ul><li>During the discussion: </li></ul><ul><li>Keep focused on your objectives. </li></ul><ul><li>Listen carefully to the discussion. </li></ul><ul><li>Support and build on others. </li></ul><ul><li>Consider your posture – be open. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t force your opinion but still seek to defend your position. </li></ul><ul><li>Accept a compromise when it provides a positive solution. </li></ul>
  22. 22. Giving Interview Answers – S.T.A.R <ul><ul><li>S – The Situation you were in </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>T – The Task you ad to complete </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A – The Action that you took </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>R – The Result you achieved </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. Good luck and apply! <ul><li>Apply online until 30 th November 2011: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Find us on Facebook: </li></ul><ul><li>Civil Service Fast Stream (UK) </li></ul><ul><li>Look out for our live discussions on Facebook on Wednesday afternoons from September 2011 </li></ul>