Thousands of new apprentices and new staff are being recruited into the civil service and related public sector and private sector employers.  30,000 apprentices alone are expected to have started in the civil service by 2020.  The agreement we have reached with the Cabinet Office on apprentices allows access to new staff induction meetings, and most departments have policies which encourage union membership and allow for a trade union rep to talk to new staff. 

We know from experience that new staff are far more likely to join the union in their first two weeks of work than at any other point in their working life.  It’s therefore essential that all branches are meeting new staff at the point at which they join the department or employer and that all branches are making sure they are given details of new staff induction events and making sure there is a PCS speaker at these meetings.

To assist branches in recruiting new members you can download the latest induction materials from the Workplace Inductions page. 

Copies of the recruitment booklet and induction guide for branches will be sent directly to branches and additional copies can be ordered directly from the PCS print unit at

All materials, including the PowerPoint presentation, will be available to download from the PCS website.  Any further enquires can be directed to your local PCS regional office or direct to the national organising department on

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