The Schools Outreach Programme aims to encourage students from a diverse range of backgrounds to consider a career in BEIS. This programme wants BEIS to represent the wider society we serve, to reach better levels of BME representation in the SCS, and to draw talent from a broader range of socio-economic backgrounds. They aim to achieve this by:
Setting up a sustainable outreach programme for BEIS colleagues to visit schools and in the future, for school visits to BEIS;
Providing training and materials for colleagues to visit schools to deliver workshops, career carousels and speak to students about their role, career and experience in BEIS; and
Building and maintaining an enthusiastic pool of volunteers from all parts of BEIS and with different experiences, to inspire those who may not have considered a civil service career and demonstrate how interesting, varied and rewarding it can be.
Who runs the Schools Outreach Programme?
The programme is run by a group of volunteers who run it alongside their day jobs because they are passionate about ensuring a diverse future workforce for BEIS, and believe that by being an energetic multi-disciplinary team they have the right skills to do this. The pilot scheme was designed from scratch drawing on experience of (or willingness to try out) project management, communications, volunteer recruitment and training, outreach work and session design