East Midlands survey points to need to boost management skills

    Councils in the East Midlands have made training middle managers
    a top priority in 2005, writes David Craik.

    A survey by the East Midlands Regional Local Government
    Association and the Employers’ Organisation for local government
    found that only 9 per cent have plans in place to improve middle
    management skills, but that 84 per cent of responding councils had
    assessed their development needs.

    The report found that 90 per cent had carried out an appraisal
    or developmental review for middle managers, with 75 per cent
    having developed competencies frameworks.

    Jonathan Trubshaw, skills and development manager at the
    Employers’ Organisation, said he hoped that those councils that
    didn’t have such plans for middle management would soon follow
    suit: “Promoting the development of middle managers in local
    government is one of our priorities and the lessons learned from
    the East Midlands will inform our policy for the country as a
    whole.

    He added: “The study has revealed significant evidence of good
    practice and I hope that this will encourage other authorities in
    the region to learn from the successes of their colleagues and
    implement the training and development initiatives that this study
    has shown to be so effective.”

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