'A Day in the Life' work shadow scheme 2013

dayinthelife2013 250 width'A Day in the Life' is a free work shadowing initiative that provides a unique opportunity for staff in government and civil society to step into each other's shoes for a day and learn about how the 'other side' operates.

Applications for 2013

Applications for A Day in the Life 2013 are now closed. We've had over 1,500 applicants from across the two sectors. We hope you will be able to join the scheme next year.

Government departments taking part in 2013

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS)
  • Department for Work & Pensions (DWP)
  • Ministry of Justice (MoJ)
  • Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG)
  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
  • Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC)
  • Department for Education (DfE)
  • Home Office
  • The Cabinet Office
  • Department for Transport

How does it work?

Applicants are paired up with a suitable person from the opposite sector. At a convenient time during September to November, both applicants spend up to a day in each other’s organisation. They then have the opportunity to find out more about each other’s work, ranging from the day-to-day responsibilities through to the wider contexts in which they operate and the challenges they face. They also have the opportunity to ask questions, offer and take advice, and share ideas on how civil society and government can work together more effectively.

What will you get out of the scheme?

The personal nature of the scheme provides a unique opportunity to observe, ask questions and acquire information first hand - information that is difficult to obtain through other more conventional methods of research.

Who can apply?

'A Day in the Life' is free to all Civil Society staff in England and staff of participating government departments.

Feedback from 2012

Have a look at the survey and testimonials from 'A day in the Life' work shadowing scheme 2012.

Further questions

If you have any questions about the scheme please have a read of our Frequently Asked Questions or keep an eye on this page for further updates.

Read our guide to planning your shadowing days (PDFs, 54KB).

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