The Civil Service Challenge in association with Visa is the highlight of the main attractions at this year’s Civil Service Live. The Challenge aims to get some of the best and brightest civil servants  from across the country to take part in a team-based competition with the winner being announced in a live grand finale at CS Live.

CS Live is a 3 day event taking place at London Olympia in July and is free for all Civil Servants but is not exclusive to them; non Civil Servants are also welcome! With over 300 high profile speakers including Peter Jones from the BBC’s Dragon’s Den; a range of exhibitors from both public and private sector; and over 8000 visitors expected over the 3 days it promises to be bigger and better than last years.

We at the CSIS have a particular interest in CS Live as our Chair,  Mohammed Pandor, was recently chosen from over 150 applicants to take part in the CS Challenge. He and his team had 24 hours to complete the challenge. They all received the very briefest of  instructions  to meet in a hotel in Liverpool where they would learn more about the task.  None of the participants knew each other or anything about the nature of the challenge until it started (for those of you who watch The Apprentice, this will sound familiar!). Their challenge was to persuade as many local business and private sector workers as possible to attend a presentation on apprenticeships. You will be able to read about Brother Mohammed’s experience of the CS Challenge in the next edition of The Society.

The winners will be announced at a grand finale on the last day of CS Live.