FDA Learn: members sought for development centre assessor training

Following on from the recent, highly successful London and Coventry development centres run by the FDA skills project in partnership with the Cabinet Office, potential assessors from the North East and North West are being sought for similar events in the North East and London.

The development centres are part of the Public Sector Mentoring Scheme (PSMS). This involves undergraduates and potential internal candidates from diverse backgrounds interested in public sector graduate entry schemes being mentored by public servants. The mentees are then given the opportunity to attend a development centre, with the mentors acting as assessors who are trained by the Cabinet Office.

As not all mentors are able to take on the assessor role, we are offering this opportunity more widely, and we will be running two training sessions for assessors - delivered by the Cabinet Office - on:

  • Wednesday 26 September 2012 at HM Revenue and Customs, Benton Park View, Newcastle upon Tyne NE98 1ZZ; and
  • Wednesday 3 October 2012 at HM Revenue and Customs Euston Tower, 286 Euston Road, London NW1 3JJ.

The sessions will also involve training on giving feedback, which will be provided by university staff.

T&S costs (which will include lunch) must be met by the employer. We should also be clear that this is training to act as an assessor at a development centre run as part of the PSMS and does not qualify the trainee to be an assessor for the civil service fast stream.

This opportunity is aimed at fast streamers and grades 7 and above in London, the North East and North West on a strictly first come, first-served basis. If you attend the training, you will be expected to offer a further commitment of one day to attend a development centre in London, the North East or North West later in the year. As participation is related to your employment, you should ensure that you are familiar with the requirements of the Civil Service Code - which can be found at www.civiklservice.gov.uk/about/values - and any departmental requirements when participating.

After discussing with your line manager, if you are interested in becoming an assessor, or would like further information about the programme, please contact Sean Ruddy at sean@fda.org.uk or Neil Rider on 07973 336902.