Headlines: March 22nd, 2004

Newly elected and long serving councillors in Birmingham will be able to take part in public sector management training after the election in June. Courses will be offered on a flexible basis and will provide councillors with a solid foundation in the essential management techniques. The programme will enable participants to learn how to plan, prioritise and manage their projects and resources. Individuals will also be encouraged to develop strategies to improve their effectiveness. Topics covered during the course will include community development, cultural awareness and devolution in practice.The project, which is the result of a partnership between Bournville College and the Chartered Management Institute, will give councillors the opportunity to undertake a learning programme linked to the national occupational standards for management. Those who participate in the course will be granted Student Membership within the Chartered Management Institute – a benefit that will give access to research facilities and project management tools. They will also be awarded a nationally recognised Level 3 certificate in devolved public sector management on successful completion of the course.

Christine Hayhurst, director of professional affairs at the Chartered Management Institute said: “Management at local government level is about getting the best out of the resources available and communicating effectively with the community. By offering its councillors a chance to obtain a professional qualification in management, Birmingham City Council is demonstrating its attachment to these values and paving the way forward for even closer community relations.”

Plans for a national roll-out are being developed for later in the year.

Link: http://www.managers.org.uk