The Civil Service Fast Stream is a talent management programme for future Leaders of the Civil Service. In this chapter we look at several years’ work undertaken by the Fast Stream recruitment team to actively include underrepresented groups in their attraction and selection activities.
Some years ago, the Civil Service determined their vision, “to be the most inclusive graduate and early talent employer in the UK by 2020.” They integrated diversity and inclusion principles into every aspect of their talent lifecycle.
This broad case study, which collects various initiatives together, demonstrates the complex considerations of an organisation seeking to be exemplary in inclusion from the attraction stage of recruitment and from that point forward. No doubt the reader will recognise that persistence is essential in addressing inclusion in a meaningful way, and sustained effort pays off.