The Council has introduced apprenticeships and set up a university bursary scheme as part of a talent management initiative.
The local need
Workforce planning demonstrated that there was a national and local shortage of qualified Planning Officers, Building Control Officers and Housing Surveyor professionals. This shortage was worsened by competition from private employers and proximity to London with higher salaries. Further research demonstrated difficulties in recruitment at national and local levels in areas such as Revenues and Benefits.
The overall project is known as our “Grow Your Own” Talent Management Initiative.
Resolving the issue specifically links to two of the Council’s aims – to work in partnership for the health and wellbeing of the community, and to ensure the District is a desirable place in which to live, learn and work.
All of the Council’s aims are underpinned by having a skilled, well trained and motivated workforce.
It is through the recruitment and retention of quality staff that the Council is able to provide a high standard of service to the community.
If we cannot attract and retain talented people, we cannot deliver our plans effectively.
Funds were identified for apprenticeships and for setting up a university bursary scheme.
The apprenticeship scheme gives people the opportunity to undertake on-the-job training on a fifteen-month contract and to study towards a recognised National Vocational qualification (NVQ).
The bursary scheme offers students paid work placements with the Council during their holiday periods and additional payment to put towards their tuition fees.
Date of last review: 18 June 2009
As part of our drive to recruit people to areas where there are skills shortages, apprentices are encouraged to apply for permanent roles with Council at the end of their contract. We have been able to source external funding for some apprentices via the Government's Future Jobs Fund.
Bursary students are expected to apply for any relevant vacant position upon graduation, then remain in post for a minimum twenty-four months or are liable for reimbursement of funding. Over the past 5 years, including both schemes, a total of 22 students took part, 16 went on to other roles within the Council and 12 are still working for the authority.
Over the past 5 years a total of 22 students took part in the scheme, 16 went on to other more permanent roles and 12 are still working for the Council.