Ethnic drive for Cabinet Office

The Cabinet Office has launched a
recruitment drive in a bid to attract ethnic minority undergraduates into the civil
service’s fast track scheme.  

An outreach scout will visit
university campuses to sign up ethnic minority students for a summer programme
to familiarise them with what it would be like to pursue a career in Whitehall.

Faisal Naru, a 24-year-old graduate
will be looking for 60 trainees. They will go on placements in the civil
service during the summer, and receive residential training to develop their
teamworking skills.

Cabinet Secretary Richard Wilson
said, “The number of ethnic minority recruits to the fast stream has doubled
over the past couple of years.  But we
are not complacent about diversity in the civil service. Initiatives like this
are crucial if the Civil Service is to reflect the society it serves.”

Of the top 3,500 jobs in the senior
civil service, 2.1 per cent are held by ethnic minority staff.

Karen Higginbottom

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