HR and Employment Services
South West Councils has extensive experience of providing employment support.
Our team of professionally qualified and experienced specialists offer high quality independent Employment Advice free to member organisations including:
- Terms and Conditions for local government staff and school staff including teachers
- Day to day problematic employee relations
We also provide consultancy (at discounted rates to member organisations) on:
- Recruitment and Workforce Development including suport via pyschometric testing and 360° appraisal
- Job Evaluation / Pay and Grading
- Disciplinary and Grievance Investigations
- Pre-Tribunal Conciliation
- Mediation and Conflict Resolution
- Conferences and Workshops
Our services are summarised in a leaflet which can be downloaded Leaflet.
Epaycheck: National Pay Benchmarking Service
Epaycheck is the national online pay benchmarking service developed for local government by local government. It enables participating councils to share and compare pay and reward data for all Chief Officer roles and a range of other job families of sector-wide interest.
Focused reports are produced periodically using data from Epaycheck. These reports are available at no additional cost to authorities subscribing to the service, the annual subscription fee for which is currently a modest £200.
We hope that this report demonstrates the value, quantity and depth of the data available on Epaycheck. Users in subscribing organisations can also log in to Epaycheck to access all the information in ‘real time’, including new pre-set public reports providing full data on each job family at the touch of a button.
For further information on the Epaycheck system please click here. For any queries about the report or any aspect of Epaycheck, please contact your Regional Administrator, email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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 email@example.com.
Looking for a town centre location for a meeting?
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.
South West Challenge
Congratulations to all 22 teams who took part in the SW Challenge 2018 on Thursday 4 October. You all did very well. And the winners are Stroud District Council. A huge thanks to everyone who made the day possible, sponsors, role players, Westpoint Exeter and Posh Nosh. Professional photos to follow, watch this space. If you think you are up for the Challenge, it's never too early to book for 2019. Book now and get our early bird offer.
South West Councils is delighted to work with GC Index® and have members of the team accredited to use the GC Index®.
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
Events & Training
We offer a range of support to equip Members and Officers with the knowledge and skills they need to meet the needs of their communities.
Training and Event schedule, click here...
Forthcoming events are:
- Oct 22, Travellers, Sites and Unauthorised Encampments
- Oct 24, Giving Appraisals
- Oct 29, Pension Administration
- Oct 30, Facilitation Skills
- Nov 8, Understanding Disciplinary and Grievance Investigations
- Nov 14, Coaching Master Classes Day
- Nov 15, SW Coaching and Mentoring Pool: Group Supervision
- Nov 20, Pension Managers' Conference
- Dec 4, Managing Capability: Health and Performance Issues
- Dec 11, Mediation for Line Managers
- Dec 20, SW Coaching and Mentoring Pool: Group Supervision
- Jan 22, Coaching Supervision
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 Leadership Awards have been designed specifically for Councillors and other Community Leaders:
For more information, click here or call 01823 270101