£27m to boost local government skills

The
latest stage of a £27m programme to help local councils improve skills and
training was unveiled yesterday by local government minister Nick Raynsford.

He
announced a new framework for the capacity building programme, which is a
joint, three-year initiative between the Office of the deputy prime minister
and the Local Government Association.

The
programme aims to strengthen leadership skills, encourage best practice sharing
across councils, improve recruitment and retention processes and enhance
procurement procedures.

Raynsford
said that having a well-trained workforce played an important part in improving
local government performance.

"The
new framework announced today will help deliver training and development
programmes to boost the core skills of staff working in local government,"
he said.

By Michael Millar

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