Headlines: May 28th, 2002

Public service leadership skills can now be developed on line. Six central
departments have already signed up with the Centre for Policy and
Management Studies for the Internet based training programme. The CMPS,
which is part of the Cabinet Office, claims that the interest in the
programme indicates a major cultural shift at senior levels of the Civil

The package includes, as well as traditional skills, managing complex
projects with a multitude of stakeholders and seeking out opportunities to
innovate. It focuses on the delivery of services to customers. Leadership
theories are combined with practical examples from a range of sectors.
There are also tools to work through the proramme,
giving expert insights, all tailored to the needs of public servants, and
kept up-to-date via the Internet.

The programme, which was commissioned by the CMPS, has been developed by
Enlighten, a joint venture between e-learning producer, Epic and e-gov
ernment specialist iMPOWER. The content was developed by Lancaster
University Management School.

A free trial of the programme is available at http://www.cmps.gov.uk/prime
An individual licence costs 1,250 pounds with a range of discounts
available for multiple purchases.

Because of the success of the programme a version for the private sector is
now being developed.