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Event prices

FDA/Keyskills Members

£359 +VAT

Private Sector

£860 +VAT

Public Sector

£460 +VAT £355* +VAT

*If registering more than 4 places

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Henry Bowater
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020 7593 5739



Thursday 16th January 2024

Despite the prevailing public sector environment, opportunities continue to exist to enter the Senior Civil Service. However, the process is rigorous, the competition is fierce and openings are restricted. This unique event, now in its eleventh year, provides practical help and guidance to those wishing to see their career develop into the Senior Civil Service. It is specifically designed to give you the answer to two vital questions:

How can I improve my chances of entering the SCS?

What will life be like once I am there?

Why Attend?

The benefits of attending this conference include the opportunity to:

Resolve the questions in your mind about whether or not the SCS is right for you

Learn from experts about what you can do to improve your chances of making the grade

Gain a deeper understanding of the skills, qualities and competencies required to be successful in the SCS

Examine the barriers and enablers affecting your progression

Hear from recent entrants about how they made the move and what life is like now they are there

Network with peers and counterparts from across government who are also contemplating an SCS career


Welcome & introduction to the conference


Permanent Secretary Opening Address


Comfort break


What do ministers expect from their SCS?

Understand what ministers require from senior civil servants


Comfort break


Preparing for the SCS: Success Profile Selection

You've decided you're ready for the challenge and want a leadership role in the SCS. In this practical and interactive session, you will discover what it will take to make the most of your application using the new Success Profile process.

SPEAKER: Richard Hillsdon, Dods Training Facilitator and Selection Lead. Former Civil Servant


Break for lunch


Making the most of your Application and Interview Performance

You want to take the next step but now face the sift/interview accessment stages based on Success Profile elements. In this second practical and interactive session, you will review your approach, lessons from the past, and what influences panels.

SPEAKER: Richard Hillsdon, Dods Training Facilitator and Selection Lead. Former Civil Servant


Comfort break


Personal perspectives - my route into the SCS

An SCS panel look back on their careers and answer questions about their experience of gaining entry to the SCS & discuss what life is like now they are there


Chair's closing remarks & conference close