The Civil Service is using the exchange of people as one way to breakdown barriers between the different parts of the public sector as well as those between the voluntary and private sectors. The Interchange scheme promotes and encourages the exchange of people and good practice between the Civil Service and other sectors of the economy.Interchange takes many forms, including secondments, mentoring, non-executive appointments and joint training opportunities. Any organisation of any size from anywhere in the UK can take part.
The scheme offers organisations a cost effective way to fill skills gaps and develop staff flexibility. It is a practical way to develop people and increase their value to the organisation. Interchange can lead to useful networking and is a good way of opening up dialogue with government. It also helps the Civil Service to be more outward looking and makes government departments and agencies more aware of their customers needs.