Headlines: September 25th, 2002

The Successful Delivery Skills Programme launched by the Office of Government Commerce is the latest initiative in the drive to improve the project management skills of Civil Servants. The Programme brings together the cultures of the different departments to form a comprehensive approach that it is hoped will drive forward improvements in the delivery of complex public sector projects.The Programme is a benchmark standard of successful delivery skills. It is supported by a development programme to help government departments improve the competence of their commercial practitioners and others. It includes a Skills Framework and an Assessment Tool, supported by an innovative training scheme. CMG plc, the global Information and Communications Technology group, has been awarded a three-year contract to provide the training service. It will be responsible for marketing, identifying, delivering and arranging accreditation for the training courses to help government departments ensure projects meet specifications, on time and to budget.

CMG will work with civil servants to deliver training on areas such as managing contractual relationships, the legal environment, building the business case for projects and teamwork.. A ‘Skills Passport’ Web site will be set up, enabling civil servants to access their individual training and development programme and keep track of courses they have achieved certification for. It will also list government vacancies in project management.

The Programme will have a Community Management Board comprising departmental programme and project leaders. Its role will be to bring about a culture change in project delivery across the Civil Service.

Copies of the Successful Delivery Toolkit are available from the OGC Service Desk on 0845 000 4999.

Link: http://www.sds.ogc.gov.uk