As part of the partnership BT and Solace say they will work together on a number of initiatives aimed at developing knowledge and skills in both organisations. This will include work-shadowing, joint workshops and training activities.
BT will share its experience as a commercial organisation to help the personal development of new Solace members. In addition, says the company, BT will keep Solace informed of how communications can help them respond to changing business needs, both now and in the future.
Solace honorary secretary David Henshaw said: 'Ever increasing pressures on local government together with improved levels of service demanded by customers, means that more than ever, local government needs to drive forward its technology and telecommunications activities.
Jim Pringle, general manager of BT's local government sector said: 'We see this very much as a partnership which will create a better understanding of local authority needs and issues. Solace provides an excellent forum for BT to reach its local government customers to highlight new opportunities, as well as offer solutions, in the telecommunications field.'