Leadership training programme for ethnic minority civil servants is launched

A leadership training programme designed to support black and minority ethnic civil servants has been launched.

The ‘Growing Talent’ scheme is geared towards civil servants working at grades six or seven, who have demonstrated the skills and experience to perform at senior civil service level.

The 18-month programme begins in January, and pairs candidates with a senior mentor at director-general or permanent-secretary level. Participants also attend workshops and undertake coaching, shadowing and short-term work placements to develop key competencies and build confidence.

The scheme, which costs £8,000 – funding of which candidates are expected to secure from their department before applying – was announced by the Minority Ethnic Talent Association.

The cross-Whitehall body aims to boost diversity and encourage minority ethnic officials to apply for top jobs through a programme combining mentoring with skills training.

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