LOCAL JOINT PANEL – 17 SEPTEMBER 2008
EAST HERTS COUNCIL
REPORT BY SECRETARY TO THE EMPLOYER’S SIDE
6 (A) CORPORATE TRAINING PLAN 2008/09
RECOMMENDATION – (A) that the Corporate Training Plan 2008/09 be
(B) the Training and Development Policy be approved and
(C) the Professional, Career and Vocational Study Policy be
approved and adopted.
1.0 Purpose/Summary of Report
1.1 This report identifies the learning and development priorities for the
2.0 Contribution to the Council’s Corporate Objectives
2.1 Fit for purpose, services fit for you.
3.1 Corporate Training Plan 2007/08 was delivered within budget and
offered a selection of training focusing on management
competencies, policy briefing workshops and mandatory/legal
3.2 2007/08 was the launch of two cohorts of Excellence through
Leadership Development programme. 19 Officers completed the
training including 5 rising stars. Full evaluation of the programme is
to be completed on 10 September 2008 and will contribute to the
design of the management development programme 2008/09.
3.3 Restraints due to HR resource limited the number of diverse
programmes that could be delivered. However 248 delegates
attended a corporate training programme and this achievement
should be noted.
3.4 All programmes attended were well received and all feedback
collated will be considered when booking further events, no negative
feedback was received for any of the programmes delivered.
3.5 Having completed research through a series of 1:1 meetings and a
review of the performance reviews 2007/08 and learning and
development plans 2008/09, the Corporate Training Plan builds upon
the development needs identified in 07/08. Programmes cover a
range of skills from customer service, project management,
management competencies and change management.
3.6 It is important to note that the Corporate Training Plan is based on
the learning and development plans received to date. It is proposed
that the plan is reviewed following the PDR process in Dec/Jan to
ensure the training identified meets the corporate need, is relevant
and value for money.
4.1 East Herts has gone through and continues to go through, a period of
significant change, both in terms of business operations but also in
its requirements and expectations of its employees.
4.2 To aid the Council in realising its goals and delivering its priorities
there is a need to review the skills that our employees require, the
behaviours our leaders/managers need and the approach we take to
ensuring that we provide these skills and behaviours.
4.3 To ensure that East Herts provides appropriate and relevant skills
development at all levels within the Council, the proposed Corporate
Training Plan (Appendix A pages 6.5 – 6.7) offers core, legislative
and development learning interventions, which will provide
knowledge and learning critical to personal and the Council’s
5.1 The Corporate budget is ?63,350 plus ?36,000 identified for OD
development this year. The Corporate Training Plan has been
designed to be delivered within budget. Any additional learning and
development programmes or priorities identified throughout the
business year would require a review of priorities or additional funds
5.2 The Council’s total budget on learning and development 0809 is
?204,750 this is broken down into ?63,350 Corporate Training plus
?36,000 OD development; ?63,900 Professional Training
(professional, career and vocational sponsorship and mandatory
training) and ?41,500 Service Training and Development
(conferences/seminars/service relevant training). Both the
Professional Training and Service Training and Development
budgets are controlled by Heads of Service.
6.1 By adopting the proposed Corporate Training Plan, we will ensure
? Critical mandatory and legislative requirements are met and
? We deliver learning which is relevant to both the Council
priorities and personal development
? East Herts offers equal access to learning and development
opportunities to all employees and will monitor the
effectiveness of this commitment through evaluation.
? We support staff and management development to bring about
the change and improvement needed to make East Herts an
? We provide a flexible and adaptable plan which can be tailored
to individual development and change to meet the needs of the
? Work with partners to achieve value for money in the delivery
7.0 Training and Development Policy
7.1 The Training and Development Policy (Appendix B pages 6.8 – 6.13)
sets out East Herts commitment to its employees on learning and
development. The policy has been developed and devised by HR
and will be implemented throughout the Council.
8.0 Professional, Career and Vocational Study Policy
8.1 The Professional, Career and Vocational Study Policy (Appendix C
pages 6.14 – 6.22) provides a consistent approach to the
sponsorship of professional, career and vocational study.
9.0 Changing the Way we Work programme
9.1 The Corporate Training Plan has been designed to support the
change programme focusing on change management, customer
service skills and management development. These will equip our
managers and staff with the skills needed to support and deliver the
9.2 A separate piece of work will be carried out with the Programme
Director to identify any further learning and development needs. This
will be part of the 3 year programme timetable.
10.1 Learning and Development needs identified through PDR’s and
consultation with management. Consultation has been carried out
11.0 Legal Implications
11.1 Corporate Training Plan meets our mandatory and legal training requirements. 12.0 Financial Implications
12.1 As detailed in the report
13.0 Human Resource Implications
13.1 As detailed in the report
14.0 Risk Management Implications
14.1 If mandatory and legal training is not provided, East Herts Council
would be at risk.
Background Papers: None
Contact Officer: Emma Freeman – Head of People and
Report Author: Emma Freeman – Head of People and Organisational