FDA and Civil Service Learning

The FDA engages on a regular basis with Civil Service Learning and employers about the new civil service competency framework which came into effect in April 2013. The new civil service competencies are:


Setting direction


- Seeing the bigger picture
- Changing and improving
Making effective decisions


Delivering results


- Achieving commercial outcomes
- Delivering value for money
- Managing a quality service
- Delivering at pace


Engaging people


- Leading and communicating
- Collaborating and partnering
- Building capability for all


The FDA is committed to the promise made in the ‘Civil Service Capability Plan’ to support staff in developing their competencies and careers.

In Delivering for the Nation Securing a World Class Civil Service, the FDA addresses training and development issues.  FDA recommendations which we are discussing with government and our other stakeholders include:

- Accreditation of the five days Continuing Professional Development (CPD) guaranteed to staff in the Civil Service Reform Plan

- That the Civil Service Competency Framework should be aligned to other public sector frameworks

that public sector training should be joined up so that public servants can access training across the whole sector (the FDA has already started this process through our work with the Civil Service and Local Government Graduate Entry Schemes)

- That loans and secondments across the wider public sector should be encouarged

- An increased focus on diversity to ensure a more diverse senior public sector.

If you would like to comment on the proposals in the FDA alternative White Paper or support the FDA in its campaign around professionalism and skills please contact neil@fda.org.uk.