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MANAGERS TOLD TO SEEK TRAINING

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Council managers must look at their own professional growth in developing best value strategies for their councils,...
Council managers must look at their own professional growth in developing best value strategies for their councils, says the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives.

SOLACE honorary secretary David Henshaw said there was a fundamental connection between the principle of continuous improvement which underpins best value, and managers' own development.

'Current training for chief executives is pretty woeful in terms of developing generic competence,' he told LGC. 'There must be a link between these in terms of improving the competence of local authorities to take forward the best value agenda.'

Chief executives and chief officers throughout the UK are being invited to take part in a study on continuing professional development, commissioned by SOLACE from the Bristol Business School.

Starting next month, focus groups will be consulted on the skills needed by chief executives, the support for professional development among SOLACE members and what form it should take.

Mr Henshaw said the research would look at the differences between types of council, urban and rural areas and the political influences.

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