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An national initiative to support the workforce development agenda in local authorities has been launched by the Em...
An national initiative to support the workforce development agenda in local authorities has been launched by the Employers' Organisation for local government (EO).

Two new workforce development officers, Nigel Carruthers and Elaine Lacey, will be based at the North East Regional Employers' Organisation and South East Employers respectively.

Nigel and Elaine will be meeting local authorities in their regions with the intention of drawing together a regional agenda for local government workforce development. The aim is to form stronger workforce development partnerships between local authorities, regional development agencies, the local learning and skills councils and the trade unions.

Jonathan Trubshaw, EO's skills and development manager believes that the initiative will deliver a more focused approach to workforce development in the two regions:

'People are at the heart of local government and local authorities have always recognised this. The workforce development officers will bring together our successes and help channel councils towards more partnership working on the Workforce Development Agenda.

For all our strengths we often struggle to identify our workforce development needs at a strategic level - the role of the workforce development officer is to support this process and to work with regional partners to seek funded solutions.'

In addition to working with local authorities, the officers will also meet with other agencies including local learning and skills councils to discuss future partnership arrangements.

* The Local Government Workforce Development Plan is based on an analysis of the labour market, workforce and skills development needs of local government and the impact of technological and occupational change on future skill needs. The Workforce Development Plan is a vital resource for HR managers in local government as it identifies the major workforce development issues requiring action and sets out strategies to address them. The Workforce Development Plan is available here .

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