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Three things you didn't know about working for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Category: Blogger's Corner

It's a long-named organisation, and that's why the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy called itself BEIS. This busy department is on the cutting edge of promoting British industry and innovation here and at home. There's work for everyone from scientists with advanced degrees to jobseekers just starting out. Here's three things you didn't know about working for BEIS. And if you're ready to apply, available roles are listed at VERCIDA's jobs database.

1) Mentoring for busy women

Mentoring is often a serious time commitment for mentor and mentee. The BEIS Senior Women’s Group, working alongside the Women’s Network, thought there was a gap in the BEIS mentoring market.
Bite-sized mentoring sessions are normally stand-alone, 60-90 minute sessions. They fill a different requirement to the traditional, longer-term mentoring relationship. Instead they provide the space to explore a single issue in-depth with an experienced mentoring partner.

Bite-size mentoring fits well within a wider culture of mentoring within BEIS. Everyone in the department has access to MentorMe and Mentor Match initiatives, with opportunities for cross-department mentoring.

2) A domestic violence support group

BEIS is to be congratulated for taking up this important issue. Domestic violence is endemic in society, and many traditional approaches to inclusion overlook it. But it can have a big impact at work. The Domestic Violence Support Group acts as a resource for any member of staff. These can be full-time, part-time, intern or consultant staff in the department who are affected by domestic violence.

The members are trained and accredited volunteers. They listen actively in a non-judgemental and responsive manner to people who endure, witness or perpetrate domestic violence or abuse. The members provide support as part of their job and include this activity as part of their objectives.

3) Support for volunteering

All BEIS staff get three Special Leave Days every year to volunteer. The Permanent Secretary Alex Chisholm has said he wants volunteering to be a “feature of BEIS”. Staff members are encouraged to use their days in whatever way suits them and their team. This can be all together, a day at a time, or even a few hours at a time.

The Volunteering Network works with two organisations that help individuals and teams find suitable volunteering opportunities. These are Time and Talents and Benefacto.

Benefacto organises volunteering opportunities with small, community-focused charities in London. Opportunities include helping at homeless shelters, food banks, community green spaces and employment centres.

Time and Talents works with employers like BEIS and charities to set up volunteering projects. These focus on skills sharing and sustainable relationships.


If you're ready for your next job at BEIS, explore available roles today.

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