The Employers’ Organisation for local government (EO) has launched a pilot
project to help HR managers in the public sector to take on a more strategic
The EO hopes its new programme, LEAP, will move HR away from its traditional
image of ‘people who write policies and procedures’ by linking people
management to the council agenda.
The scheme will be piloted from February to July, using 12 participants from
councils in the East of England and a further 12 from the North West.
LEAP involves eight hours of confidential one-to-one sessions and group
Tracey Connage, assistant director of best practice at the EO, said it was
time HR in local authorities raised its game.
"HR managers need the credibility and skills to lead as well as support
the people management interventions that will result in improved services to
the community," she said.