The National Support Project for Local Government will assist councils in developing and implementing skills development plans.
A director, a basic skills specialist and an administrator will run the project, which aims to inform councils of the need for a basic skills strategy and provide a consultancy service.
'The front-line workforce of a council is the biggest group, but face a number of barriers in gaining access to learning opportunities,' an IDeA spokesman said.
'These have to be resolved to allow equal access to development.' The idea for the project, which will be funded for two years by the Basic Skills Agency, originated when Thurrock pioneered the scheme.
The programme was taken up by 120 front-line workers, including refuse collectors, grounds maintenance staff, building cleaners and kitchen assistants.
They learned a wide range of skills in areas such as IT, health and safety and customer care, as well as those more relevant to their work.