The Civil Service Returner Programme
The Civil Service is excited to announce that a number of Departments and Functions are developing, and will be launching, Returner Programmes. Opportunities will be offered on an on-going basis. See the link below to check for currently open positions.
About the Civil Service
The Civil Service helps the government of the day develop and implement its policies as effectively as possible. The Civil Service is made up of a wide range of professional roles – from communicators and engineers, to procurement managers and lawyers. Civil Servants work in areas that impact on people’s everyday lives, providing services directly to people all over the country. Their reach is huge – from health, education, the workplace, pensions, benefits, prisons, diplomacy… and the list goes on!
What the Civil Service offers
All Civil Service Returner Programmes will give individuals the opportunity to deliver on key areas of government work, providing you with the chance to refresh your skills and experience and gain insight into new areas of interest. In addition, placements:
- are paid work placements of between 6 weeks and 6 months in length with flexible working available;
- will be available UK-wide, with location varying depending on the role;
- will provide individuals with mentoring support and training;
- will help you be well-placed to apply for roles across government or elsewhere.
Who are the Civil Service looking for?
Specific eligibility will vary between departmental and functional programmes. In the main, applications will be open to any individual who has had a period of absence from the workplace and/or, due to absence from the workplace, is currently engaged in work that they do not feel complements their skill-set or aspirations.
Different programmes will ask for different eligibility around background and skills. The Civil Service is keen that their programmes are as accessible as possible.
All Civil Service Returner Placements will be advertised on the Civil Service (CS) jobs website. Once on that page, if you click ‘show more’ on the search page and then use the drop down menu to select Returners under contract type, all vacancies of this type will appear (note: if no ‘Returners’ tab appears, this means that there are currently no open opportunities; please check back regularly for updates).
The process for application is likely to vary between departments and functions. All of the information will be made available to you via the Civil Service jobs link. Returner Programmes for different departments and functions will be advertised on an on-going basis so keep checking back to ensure you don’t miss out!