May 12

HR fears more red tape from council NTO plan

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Council HR professionals havecriticised the Local Government NTO’s new plan for developing the skills ofpublic sector employees, claiming that it has been released too late andrepresents more red tape.The plan, calledDeveloping a High Performance Culture, has four key recommendations for HRteams and 27 targets. Its aim is to improve the recruitment, retention anddevelopment of employees to lower council skill shortages. The four keyrecommendations include councils obtaining Investors in People status, adoptingNational Occupational Standards to develop employees’ skills, instigatingregularly reviewed individual development plans and enabling staff to obtainvocational qualifications.Many local governmentHR professionals argue that the key recommendations have been released toolate, with many already being in use.Dilys Wynn, head of HRat Worcestershire County Council, said, “It seems to be shutting thestable door after the horse has already bolted.”Others claim with BestValue and this month’s implementation of the Race Relations (Amendment) Act,the plan’s targets simply represent more red tape.Janvier Hyde, HRmanager at Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council, said, “We have targetscoming out of our ears and do not need any more. LGNTO has missed the boat withthe targets as councils are already using these measures.”Local governmentHRgroup Socpo, however, supports the plan. President Keith Handley said,”To combat the growing recruitment and retention difficulties we need tooffer staff more personal development. Reducing training budgets has often beenthe easy option for authorities facing cutbacks. The recommendations mean wewon’t just be paying lip service.”LGNTO’s chairman JohnStocks thinks the plan will tackle skills shortages. He said, “To create ahigh-performance culture we need to attract and keep people with ability andenthusiasm.”By Paul Nelson Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. HR fears more red tape from council NTO planOn 24 Apr 2001 in Personnel Todaylast_img

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