Headlines: February 26th, 2004

The Civil Service summer placement scheme for 2004 is being expanded by some 60% and it will be opened up to disabled graduates. The scheme is run by the Cabinet Office and the inclusion of disabled graduates is part of a drive to ensure that the Civil Service meets the Government’s commitment to achieving greater representation of minority ethnic staff, women and staff with disabilities at senior levels.A wide range of summer placements will be offered to disabled people to gain valuable work experience and forge the next vital link in establishing their careers. The Cabinet Office hopes to dispel discriminatory attitudes and practices by placing trainees in various government departments where they will be introduced to the interesting and varied challenges in today’s modern Civil Service.

The placements are open to disabled undergraduate and graduates who have or expect to gain a 2:2 degree or above in any discipline. This year’s placements will take place during July and August and last from 6 to 8 weeks.

The scheme is part of the Civil Service Fast Stream programme, which is a graduate entry route for senior Civil Service careers. Applicants will be interviewed initially by Employment Opportunities and those successful will be short-listed for interview with a Government department. The closing date for applications is 12 March 2004.