HR and Employment Services

South West Councils has extensive experience of providing employment support.Leaflet image

Our team of professionally qualified and experienced specialists offer high quality independent Employment Advice free to member organisations including:

 We also provide consultancy (at discounted rates to member organisations) on:

Our services are summarised in a leaflet which can be downloaded Leaflet.

Members and Meetings

South West Councils: Working for the South West

South West Councils
Bringing together local authority Leaders from the County, Unitary and District councils in the South West.

Asylum and Migration in the South West


Epaycheck: National Pay Benchmarking Service

Logo Small A secure pay benchmarking facility, developed for the public sector by the public sector. Launched to local authorities across the country in 2012, the service has already attracted more than half of our councils to register for this data sharing service.

Epaycheck is delivered through a nationwide network of Regional Employers' Organisations who provide the front end service in their localities and actively work with their users to collect, monitor and quality assure the data available to report against.

Senior Pay Executive Summary

The executive summary of a review of chief executive and chief officer roles, released on 4th September, is available on our website.  The full report to assist in decision-making, benchmarking, policy development and workforce planning will be available to Epaycheck subscribers shortly.

For more information on Epaycheck .....


Learning and Development Services


South West Councils is a long established training provider for local government and the wider public sector and is increasingly engaging with private and third sector organisations.

Our team of professionally qualified and experienced specialists deliver a wide range of developmental training and fully accredited qualifications, including End-Point Assessment for apprenticeships.

Please contact us on training@swcouncils.gov.uk to discuss our cost-effective training solutions. Almost all of our courses can be delivered on an in-house basis at your premises if you have a group or wish to collaborate with another organisation.  We also have some distance learning qualification options.

Full training events schedule


End-Point Assessment

All new apprenticeship Standards require an End-Point Assessment (EPA) which is a holistic assessment of the knowledge, skills and behaviour that has been covered throughout the apprenticeship programme.  EPA can only be carried out by an approved End-Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) using Independent Assessors (IAs) that are not in any way involved in the delivery of the apprenticeship or the employment of the apprentice.  The process can be compared to learning to drive with End-Point Assessment being the final theory and practical tests.

For more information on End-Point Assessment, click here or contact us on epa@swcouncils.gov.uk.


Room Hire

Looking for a town centre location for a meeting?Rooms to Hire at Dennett House

Meeting rooms at Dennett House are now available to hire.

Hire includes some free Car Parking and tea and coffee refreshments.  Lunch is available on request. 

To find out more click here. 




CircleGC Index
South West Councils team, working with the GC Index® empowers organisations to drive performance and achieve innovation goals by transforming their approach to talent management.

Adult Safeguarding Serious Case Reviews and Safeguarding Adult Reviews

In 2017 South West ADASS commissioned a thematic review of Adult Safeguarding Serious Case Reviews and Safeguarding Adult Reviews, undertaken in the region between 2013-2017. 

South West Councils News
The latest news and information from across local government in the region.

For latest press release, click here .....

View latest Newsletter here

Councillor Development


CfMD LogoSouth West Charter for Member Development

The Charter for Member Development supports Councils to adopt a structured approach to councillor development and support, and to building elected Member capacity, which is essential for any council dedicated to meeting the needs of its community.

Community LeadershipCommunity Leadership Awards have been designed specifically for Councillors and other Community Leaders:
For more information, click here or call 01823 270101