The government’s Top Management Programme expands internationally

The government’s flagship leadership programme is to become international from early next year.

The National School of Government’s Top Management Programme (TMP) is to include an international week from February 2008, when participants will travel to Austria as part of their development as leaders.

Hosted by the LIMAK business school in Vienna, the week will see participants on the senior leadership programme visiting other central and eastern European cities.

TMP was created for the top slice of senior leaders in the civil service and the private and wider public sectors, who must all be in senior executive management positions. It is a 17-day, £12,500 programme spread over 12 months and includes ‘live’ consultancy challenges.

Speaking at a Whitehall event to celebrate the 21st anniversary of TMP, programme director David Sweeney said: “One of the reasons TMP has been so successful for so long is that it constantly reinvents itself in line with new developments and priorities.

“In central and eastern Europe, expansion of the European Union has brought great change and new challenges for us all – and our leaders must learn at the heart of the action.”

The TMP anniversary event was hosted by Cabinet secretary Sir Gus O’Donnell and attended by participants and contributors – past and present – including permanent secretaries, public and voluntary sector leaders, and senior industry chief executives.

Prime minister Gordon Brown also sent a message endorsing the programme.

To read more about the event and what Sir Gus O’Donnell said in his speech, visit Personnel Today’s Editors’ Blog.

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