Local government employees are being urged to study for vocational qualifications under new plans by the Local Government National Training Organisation (LGNTO), announced today.
The LGNTO launches its Local Government Workforce Development plan 2001-4 that aims to improve the skills of local government workers to tackle the present recruitment and retention problems within local authorities.
The plan sets out 27 key targets and four recommendations for councils. These include obtaining Investors in People or Public Sector Excellence Model status, implementing regularly reviewed individual development plans, and using National Occupational Standards to monitor and help employee’s skills.
“We need to attract and keep people with ability, enthusiasm, skills and vision. It is vital to develop the skills of the workforce at all levels if we want to develop a high performance culture and provide better services for our communities,” said LGNTO’s chair councillor John Stocks.
Stocks believes that the plan will help local government tackle it present problem of recruitment and retention as well as the use of the Internet.