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AUTHORITIES MUST EQUIP STAFF WITH SKILLS FOR LIFE

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The EO, supported by the DfES, will target skills for life amongst the local government workforce, at two events fo...
The EO, supported by the DfES, will target skills for life amongst the local government workforce, at two events for change leaders to be held in London and Manchester next month.

In July, the DfES launched the skills strategy that will ensure the UK closes the gap with its major competitors in order to compete at an economic level. In local government, comprehensive performance assessment looks at how authorities are equipping their staff to respond to the challenges of service improvement.

Joan Munro, director of development at the EO, said: 'Authorities are facing many demands on their resources but helping staff develop relevant skills is a key to improving performance. Skills development motivates staff to improve the quality of service delivery. The government's National Skills Strategy supports the objectives of the Local Government Pay and Workforce Strategy and we are now working with the DfES to support authorities in implementing the changes that will achieve the results we need.'

The events, targeted at chief executives, leaders and those with responsibility for CPA, will hear from ministers, LSCs and councils whose approach to basic skills development has improved performance and service delivery.

Howard Bernstein, chief executive, Manchester City Council, said:

'Maintaining a skilled workforce is central to a successful economy and to

the performance of local authorities. The complex and demanding challenges to which local authorities today rise mean that this issue is key for all councils aiming for success.'

Donna Hall, executive director of corporate resources at Blackburn with Darwen BC said 'The workforce of any organisation is its greatest asset and needs focused investment to rise to the challenge of modern local government'.

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