The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, or BEIS, is a UK Government department focused on economic development. It works on everything from revitalising historic industrial centres to promoting cutting-edge technological innovators. This high-profile department offers varied and exciting roles to jobseekers. BEIS knows that diverse teams deliver great value, so it’s built the principles of inclusion into all that it does. Here are 10 great reasons to work for BEIS. And when you're ready to apply, have a look for available roles in VERCIDA's jobs database.
1) Opportunities to develop and learn
Research shows that employees learn more from each other than in any other way. BEIS’s initiatives include a Future Leaders programme. There are awards for great performers, and formal positive action learning pathways targeted at staff from marginalised groups.
2) Adjustments for disabilities
Adaptations to deliver real inclusion at BEIS include tailored training and performance targets and adjusted work schedules. Adaptive equipment, like voice recognition software and desk aids are available. And there's a supportive Employee Assistance Programme on offer to all staff.
3) Active outreach in the community
BEIS takes conscious steps towards community outreach in order to extend this advantage further. Bite-size mentoring, apprenticeships and work experience are on offer. BEIS reaches out to schools with lots of BAME pupils, encouraging youngsters to consider STEM and civil service careers.
4) Coffee Connect
The Coffee Connect programme pairs up people from different teams within BEIS to learn about each other. This means different teams are prevented from becoming isolated and all benefit from broader outlooks.
5) A strong women's network
Moving towards a culture of best practice in equal opportunities, the Women’s Network empowers, inspires and connects women in BEIS. The network provides and promotes effective learning for women. It breaks down barriers to women entering BEIS, and supports women beyond BEIS. It also delivers a wide range of regular events.
6) A group for carers
The Carers Group has monthly group meetings and informal coffee catch-ups promoting a positive workplace culture for carers within BEIS.
The network offers advice and support for staff and managers, and a safe space, practical tips and experience for carers. Members raise awareness of the business benefits of supporting carers in the workplace.
7) International diversity
BEIS International Diversity and Languages Group celebrates and strengthens the international aspects of work, and culture across BEIS. Activities include learning new languages, seminars on international business policy, and cultural events.
8) Support for part-time workers
The Part-Time Workers’ Network advises, informs and supports part-time workers, job sharers and their line managers. It also offers one-to-one discussion and advice. And identifies common issues and barriers to career progression and performance management for part timers.
9) Support network for EU citizens
This group supports EU Citizens working at BEIS following the uncertainty of the Referendum. The network gives a voice to raise awareness about the positive contributions of EU nationals to the Civil Service.
10) Scientific evidence
The BEIS Science & Engineering Network (B-SEN) raises the profile of Government Science & Engineering (GSE) professionals within the Department. It promotes the vital role that scientific evidence and advice must play in decision-making. It also provides a support network for professional development.
Are you ready for an exciting role at BEIS? Have a look through available roles in the VERCIDA directory.