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What is Going Forward into Employment?

Going Forward into Employment (GFIE) was launched in 2017 as a cross-government collaboration. Breaking new ground, it provides improved life chances and social mobility opportunities for citizens through civil service employment, delivering a more diverse and inclusive workforce. In 2018 the scheme gained accolades for its achievements when winning the Civil Service Award for Innovation.


The Civil Service Commission is responsible for regulating Civil Service employment. Under current legislation to be a civil servant, you must be employed on merit following a fair and open competition. As a champion for government recruitment, the Commission is aiming to help people overcome some of the recruitment hurdles the Civil Service currently has in place. This allows an alternative route to employment for individuals whose circumstances, previous life chances or social status make it difficult for them to compete for appointments on merit, on the basis of fair and open competition.

The Commission accredits schemes like Going Forward into Employment, allowing them to operate under an exception to the recruitment principles. There are a growing number of accredited schemes across the civil service supporting their ‘Life Chances’ strategy.

What is the aim of Going Forward into Employment?

Going Forward into Employment is an accredited scheme working with ex-offenders upon release, veterans and veterans’ spouses to provide work placements and fixed-term opportunities across Civil Service departments, which could in turn lead to permanent employment.

Working across local networks, Going Forward into Employment have established close relationships with departmental sponsors, local prisons, and third sector organisations to secure job vacancies, risk assess candidates, and offer Civil Service employment opportunities.

The work supports the Civil Service ambition to be the most inclusive employer in the UK and become a role model for other public and private sector organisations, whilst potentially opening up social mobility opportunities for citizens.

What can I do to support Going Forward into Employment?

Going Forward into Employment is always looking for new sponsors to help secure roles, which can then be offered to the specific groups as new opportunities of employment.

It’s also a great way to develop yourself and your career, if you are keen to work with the team to support its future expansion and growth. This can be on a short or medium-term secondment or for a period agreeable with your home department. Get in touch with us to find out more about current opportunities.

The best way to find out about our work is to read and comment on our blogs, subscribe in order to receive regular updates as we release new material or email us at We can also be found on Twitter at @CS_GFIE


A call for evidence ran over the summer of 2018 asking for case studies from public, private and voluntary sector employers and organisations which support ex-offenders in employment. Further information can be found here

Equality & Diversity

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We support recruitment practices to help make sure our workforce in locations around the country reflects the make-up of the local community.

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