Local government looks to the future

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Local government looks to the futureOn 30 Apr 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Anational graduate development programme for local government has been launchedin a bid to attract and develop future chief executives and senior managers.Forthe first year of the programme, the Employers’ Organisation for LocalGovernment scheme has an £800,000 grant to train and develop graduates intosenior managers for the sector within 10-15 years.Therecruitment of recent graduates and young workers is a problem for the sectorwith only 6 per cent of local government staff aged under 25 years old.TheEmployers’ Organisation estimates that of the 400 councils in England only 20run graduate trainee schemes.Sofar 2,000 people have applied for the 50 places on the two-year scheme thatwill see the graduates become full-time employees of a local council earningbetween £18,500 and £21,000 a year.Thecourse consists of two to three month placements in core, frontline and supportservices as well as placements with public or private sector organisations andexternal mentoring.Tenlocal authorities, including Newcastle City Council and the London Borough ofLewisham, have already signed up to the scheme via the EO’s website. Othercouncils have until 24 May to join.KeithHandley, programme change director at the City of Bradford MetropolitanDistrict Council, said: “We want to attract more graduates into localgovernment and the new programme is the best way to do it.  We need to attract our fair share ofhigh-flyers who will be capable of becoming senior managers in the next decade.“It’svery important, given our current recruitment issues, that local government isseen to be visible in the graduate job marketplace and this programme will helpus to improve our image in this area.”www.efa.org.uk Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more