Departmental Secondment

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 7th March 2012.

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Photo of Chi Onwurah Chi Onwurah Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his Department's policy is on (a) inward and (b) outward secondments to the (i) private sector and (ii) third sector and non-governmental organisations.

Photo of Norman Lamb Norman Lamb The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

It is the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills' policy to encourage exchanges by way of (a) inward and (b) outward secondments between the (i) private sector and (ii) third sector and non-governmental organisations and the Department.

Inward secondments enable the Department to improve staffs' capabilities by learning and by sharing knowledge and expertise with private sector, third sector and non governmental organisations. The individual on secondment gets a development opportunity to broaden their understanding of how Government works. Outward secondments are similarly beneficial in terms of exchanging information and providing increased staff development opportunities, while supporting individuals to achieve their career aspirations.

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