Registration for Civil Service Live is now open.
Civil Service Live Cardiff will be taking place on Thursday 5 July at:
Sessions not to be missed and still available to book
Here's a sample of just some of the great sessions still available to book at Civil Service Live Cardiff:
08:30 – 09:10 |GPW14: Pension Power | Swyddfa gofrestru / Register Office
Knowledge is power and when you understand your pension, you can make better and more informed choices. Do you know what scheme are you in? When will you retire? Thinking of going part-time? Considered boosting your pension? What do you want to do when you retire? If your answer to those questions is 'I'm not sure', you need to come to our session. Well give you a whistle stop tour through the world of your pension, give you the facts that you need and leave you feeling more in control.
09:50 - 10:35 | SPO9: Are your contracts and commercial relationships adding or destroying value? | Ystafell Syndicet A / Syndicate Room A
Trading relationships are based on the premise that there is value in continuing to trade between each other. Is this the case with your relationships?
We will explore the causes of value leakage and the actions you may want to take to ensure your contracts add value and look at future trends in this area.
The session will show how to improve outcomes and ensure effective leadership in a commercial context.
12:00 - 12:45 | SKP1: Plenary: Life Long Learning | Ystafell Ymgynnull / Assembly Hall
A panel including senior leaders from across government will consider the question, what does lifelong learning mean in the Civil Service? Their varied backgrounds show that successful careers can involve various professions and areas of work. They also typically require ingredients like a supportive environment for continuous learning, personal ownership, a sense of direction, knowledge of how you learn best, and a range of experiences for encouraging development. So, whether you are a specialist or a generalist, this session will help you to shape your learning plans, showcasing what support is in place for you to improve your skills and advance your career. The panel will also share their personal top tips and experiences. Get ready to submit questions and take part in snap opinion polls through an interactive audience tool on your smartphone. The panel consists of: Sue Gray, Permanent Secretary, Northern Ireland Department of Finance; Tracey Burke, Director General Education and Public Service, Welsh Government; Esther Wallington, Director General, Chief People Officer, HMRC; Selvin Brown, Director of Engagement and Policy, HSE.
12:00 – 12:45 | GPW2: Social Mobility Creating Opportunity | Neuadd Ferrier / Ferrier Hall
How can the Civil Service transform how we attract, recruit and develop the careers of those from less privileged backgrounds so we reflect the nation we serve? Come and hear about the latest insights into removing barriers and the positive impact of outreach work, mentoring and sponsorship. You will learn about the benefits of building a socially diverse workforce equipped to deal with the challenges of the future and how to break down barriers where you work. Senior civil servants and speakers from a range of socioeconomic backgrounds will share their views on the importance of an effective social mobility strategy in shaping culture and creating an inclusive place to work.
12:10 - 12:55 | EFL13: Reserve Forces' Demystified | Reserves Hub, Exhibition Floor
"What an individual would get from being part of the reserves is a lot of skills, transferable back into their job" - John Manzoni, Chief Executive of the Civil Service.
If you want to do something uniquely different and potentially life changing, then you should attend! You will be able to explore the learning and development opportunities available within the Reserve Forces and meet fellow colleagues who have already embraced the opportunity of joining the Reserves. They will share their personal testimony and possibly dispel the myths associated with Reserves' service.
Some common misconceptions:
1. You should be under 40 years old to join the Reserve Forces. - FALSE
2. You have to be super fit to be considered for the Reserve Forces. - FALSE
3. If you join the Reserve Forces you will be unpaid as it is voluntary. - FALSE
4. Reservist roles are limited to combat and logistics. - FALSE
5. You receive limited support from the Civil Service to join the Reserve Forces. FALSE
6. You will receive up to 15 days special paid leave. - TRUE
7. Civil Service grade will reflect your entry level rank in the Reserve Forces. - FALSE
12:55 - 13:40 IMP15: The Cloud and Me | Ystafell Syndicet D / Syndicate Room D
Everyone has heard of the power of the cloud and what it can do for business, but often it’s assumed that this technology is reserved for the largest of organisations. In this demo rich presentation I will prove that the cloud is for all, highlighting the unique ways in which I consume its services to automate my life, project my social influence and regulate my health.
This session will be delivered by Microsoft.
13:05 - 13:50 | GPW1: A Great Place To Work - Celebrating difference in the way we think and work | Ystafell Ymgynnull / Assembly Hall
Difference will be the 'golden thread' tying together our plenary sessions with our workshops. Difference encompasses a vast array of topics that connect us all as Civil Servants. It is essential to bring in people from different backgrounds to ensure we represent the country we serve, as well as ensuring we are ultimately creating an inclusive culture where difference in ways of working and in ways of thinking is celebrated. We are happy to have Peter Kennedy, HR Director of the Welsh Government, leading our session. He is accompanied by Julian Smith of the Home Office, and Zamila Bunglawala, Deputy Director of the Race Disparity Unit. He will lead a panel which brings a huge range of experience and expertise, and they will be taking questions from the audience.
14:10 - 14:50 | GB1: Global Britain in action | Ystafell Ymgynnull / Assembly Hall
At this plenary session, you will hear from senior leaders across government explaining how their work contributes to delivering a Global Britain, and what it means to them. In Cardiff speakers will include:
- Desmond Clifford, Director General for the Office of the First Minister and Brexit, Welsh Government
- Laura Clarke, British High Commissioner to New Zealand
- Sonia Phippard, Director General for Marine, Natural Environment and Rural, Defra
They will talk about their personal experience of representing the UK and delivering the UK's priorities abroad, from forging a new strategic partnership with Europe and enhancing our trade beyond Europe, to working with our allies for global security and standing up for British values and interests in every part of the world. This is your chance to hear from inspirational speakers across a range of departments and in both international and domestic facing roles. This will be a fascinating insight into the breadth of work undertaken by civil servants that directly supports the Government's international activities and what you can do to support this in your own role.
15:15 - 16:00 | IMP14: Tech trends: What does it mean for government? | Ystafell Ymgynnull / Assembly Hall
We all live and work in a fast moving world where we are constantly connected and the pace of change only seems to quicken. The changes that the internet has brought over the last decade have been incredible but what's next? In this session Google will explore some of the current trends in technological development and what they mean for all of us both as consumers and communicators. The presentation will then continue to explore the wider implications for all of us and give some insights on how we can be most successful in our professional lives in this fast moving, connected world.
15:15 - 16:00 | GDS6: Digital Marketplace Advice Surgery | Hyb GDS / GDS Hub
Book onto a 1-2-1 advice surgery to get specific advice and support to help with your procurement needs from our team of experts.
City Hall is a civic building in Cathays Park, Wales, serving as Cardiff's centre of local government since it opened. The venue’s website, including more details on travel and transport information can be found here.
Registration will open on Wednesday 25 April 2018.
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