A network for younger persons within the Council
Generation BEST is a new and exciting network created for younger people in Birmingham City Council, but is open to all council employees, whether you are young in years, career terms or those who feel young at heart!
The network aims to give employees a voice within the council and enable them to interact with people outside their own teams and directorates; sharing experiences, ideas and best practice alongside social networking.
The network directly supports all of the councils core values especially harnessing BELIEF in our work force!
Generation BEST will feed into local and national competitions. Teams of selected members will be eligible to take part in the 'Young Local Authority of the Year' competition, 'Birmingham Young Professional of the Year' competition as well as internal network events and opportunities.
Generation BEST will also give members an opportunity to network with people outside of the organisation through membership of Birmingham Futures, which is a city wide network for young professionals as well as partnership working with the Young IoD (Institute of Directors). The network will also help identify areas of training and development opportunities available as well as providing a mentoring system
Members of the network can look forward to regular e-newsletters, quarterly meetings with guest speakers, discussion topics, updates on topical issues and social events.
- Local Government is the largest employer in England employing 2,204,000 members of staff. Approximately 60,000 of these work for Birmingham City Council, however local authorities are facing a time bomb with two thirds of employees over the age of 40 and just 7% of employees aged under 25.
- Generation BEST will help develop the organisation as an employer of choice not only to graduates but also to school leavers and others.
- The network publicises the benefits and raises the profile of working for the public sector, helping reinforce Birmingham City Councils positive employer brand.
- A strong employer brand helps communicate the organisations culture and values, and influences the way current and potential employees view the employee experience the organisation is offering, therefore aiding recruitment and retention.
For more details or to join Generation BEST, please contact the engagement team on 0121 675 1578 or e-mail GenerationBest@birmingham.gov.uk.
Gen Up Research Report, the 4 generations and how they work
This report on a joint survey by Penna and CIPD looks at the impact of generational diversity and how organisations are benefiting from the skills and motivations of different generations. This report can be found at http://www.cipd.co.uk
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