GCS celebrates Black History Month

Blog post by Alicia Matheson, Daveena Solanki and Rebecca Threlfall

Tuesday 31 October 2017

GCS was delighted to work with recruitment company Bright Network at the Black Heritage Future Leaders event on 24 October.

Timed to coincide with Black History Month, the event gave university students an insight into different professions, the chance to hear from world class employers and valuable opportunities to network in an informal setting. 60 incredibly bright and ambitious students of black heritage attended, keen to discover more about the work of GCS.

This was a great opportunity to promote our various recruitment schemes and raise the profile of GCS as an attractive employer, in line with our commitment to increase diversity and inclusion throughout the profession.

The event began with a panel of six black senior executives from leading public and private sector employers:

  • Selvin Brown MBE, Director of Engagement and Policy at HSE
  • Laure Lusteau, Associate at CMS
  • Pamela Hillie, Manager at EY
  • Diana Kiluta Amoa, Executive Director at J.P. Morgan
  • Dereck Kachere, Associate Product Manager, American Express
  • Abidemi Ogunbowale-Thomas, Technology Delivery Lead and Senior Architect at Accenture

The panel shared their personal career stories, experiences of discrimination in the workplace and how they handled those situations effectively. Their advice for ambitious graduates looking to stand out in the competition for top jobs was truly inspirational.

The students then heard about recruitment success stories from current Bright Network members, before an open networking / careers fair to promote the different opportunities within the event’s six sponsor firms (listed above).

Lots of students had questions about the Civil Service, what GCS does and our career offer. Using the 2016/17 GCS campaigns highlights booklet, we walked them through government campaigns we thought they would recognise, e.g. ‘Made in the Royal Navy’ and ‘Disrespect NoBody’, and explored the different comms disciplines they could become part of. We hope to convert the strong interest shown by attendees into new recruits and we have already arranged to meet several candidates since the event.

If you discover similar opportunities to promote GCS recruitment or would like to be involved in future events, please contact Rebecca.Threlfall@cabinetoffice.gov.uk