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:
- Sep 10, Welfare Reform
- Sep 18, Association for Coaching: What is so super about Supervision
- Sep 23, Facilitation Skills
- Sep 28, Pension Administration
- Sep 29, DCATS Agriculture Practical and Oral Preparation Day (Trading Standards Institute)
- Sep 30, DCATS Food Standards Practical and Oral Preparation Day (Trading Standards Institute)
- Oct 6, Annual PA and Executive Assistants Conference 2015 - Bournemouth
- Oct 8, SW Coaching and Mentoring Pool: Group Supervision
- Oct 12, Association for Coaching: What do you notice just before you don’t know what to do?
- Oct 13, Annual PA and Executive Assistants Conference 2015 - Taunton
- Oct 20, Local Authority Challenge 2015
- Nov 3, Coaching Master Classes Day
- Nov 6, A Future for the Past? Heritage in the 21st Century
- Nov 17, Pension Managers' Conference
- Jan 25, Mentoring/Coaching
- Jan 25, Coaching & Mentoring
- Jan 25, Introduction to Coaching
- Jan 25, Executive Coaching & Mentoring
- Feb 2, Professional Award in Management of Accommodation for Gypsies & Travellers
- Feb 2, Travellers, Sites and Unauthorised Encampments
With coaching programmes featuring strongly in organisational strategies and change programmes, we have qualified and experienced coaches, who can provide individual coaching packages but we have also established the South West Coaching Pool to help organisations build internal coaching capacity and to enable managers to access coaches from other partner organisations with a range of different experience and expertise.
For more information click here.
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
Disclosure Barring Online Service
This Service provides a secure online environment with our partners NEREO, to provide a speedy, economical and high quality DBS service based on absolute accuracy and efficiency that will enhance your safeguarding process.
Online DBS enables organisations with a legitimate requirement to ask individuals to apply for disclosures, to gain access top this information quickly and efficiently.
HR and Employment Services
South West Councils handle thousands of queries every year from local government employers and other Associate member organisations. This means that we have an unrivalled grasp of issues affecting local government at both national and local level.
Because all our team members are professionally qualified experienced specialists, we bring a wealth of expertise to bear on the issues facing Local Authorities.
We work at all levels with both Elected Members and Officers to clarify and resolve confidential personnel issues, as well as providing day-to-day advice on routine HR matters.
An office hours service providing expert advice and support on issues including:
We offer confidential advice on salary levels, terms and conditions, termination agreements. Independent support for Appraisal of Chief Executives. Supporting development of new political arrangements such as Joint Chief Executive and Shared Management Teams.
We offer expert advice on recruitment advertising; salary setting; management of assessment centres; psychometric testing.
Job Evaluation / Pay and Grading Consultancy
We are experts in the use of the national Joint Council (NJC) and greater London Provincial Council (GLPC) job evaluation schemes. We offer specific training, independent technical advice and best practice associated with local government pay and grading reviews.
We offer independent investigations, advising at disciplinary or grievance hearings and representing employers at Employment Tribunals.
We offer a mediation service to aid the resolution of complex issues. We can also support authorities to design and implement an in-house mediation strategy.
National Pay and Pensions Negotiations
South West Councils represent the South West on the National Association of Regional Employers, who role is to act as a sounding board and conduit for the Local Government Employers on national pay and pensions issues.
South West Councils also forms the Employers' side of the Regional Joint Consultative and Negotiating Body, the South West Provincial Council.
Policy Development and Review
We offer a service to create new policies or assess existing policies to ensure compliance and currency.
Conferences, Events and Networks
We offer a range of topical conferences, events and networks to meet the changing needs of the local government community and promote the sharing of good practice.