The Civil Service Reform Plan commits to a new Competency Framework, replacing Professional Skills for Government, which will fully rolled out from April 2013.

The framework has been piloted in four departments and one agency since April of this year:

  • Home Office
  • Business Innovation and Skills
  • Communities and Local Government
  • Department for Culture Media and Sport
  • Valuation Office Agency

Civil Service Competency Framework July 2012
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The new framework focuses as much on behaviours as on skills. This includes promoting and supporting behaviour that focuses on achieving results, continuous improvement and breaking down hierarchies and silos.

It will support the delivery of a pacier, innovative, results-orientated culture and ensure consistent high standards are used for recruitment, promotion and performance management across the Civil Service.

Alignment to the Professions

The Cross government lead from each profession met recently to discuss how professional frameworks could best be aligned to the new Civil Service Competency Framework.

All profession leads agreed that professional frameworks should be aligned to the generic framework in order to achieve consistency across the Civil Service. This work has already been completed by some professions including IT, Finance and Operational Research.  Our own revised Competence Framework to be launched in the autumn has of course been designed with this in mind

Design and development of the framework has involved extensive consultation across Government including SCS interviews, operational focus groups, profession leads and Heads of Diversity & Equality.

Professions leads will meet again in September to review progress and discuss how professions can support Departments with implementation of the framework from April 2013.

Image used under Creative Commons from Patti Haskins.