Politicians are to receive training for the first time in how to be a minister.
A professional development programme for ministers and senior civil servants, devised and run by the Centre for Management Policy Studies, was unveiled by cabinet enforcer Mo Mowlam last week.
The first programme includes a series of joint-policy seminars to enable ministers and civil servants to learn alongside one another, focusing on and key issues and practical solutions in developing policy.
Mowlam said it would give essential support to ministers and provide policy-makers with access to the best research, evidence and international experience. "These programmes will help government to learn from existing policies and ensure that ministers and civil servants are cultivating the right skills, culture and approaches," she said.
Further seminars focus on spotting successful innovation.