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:
- Jan 6, Gypsy & Traveller Communities
- Jan 6, Professional Award in Management of Accommodation for Gypsies & Travellers
- Jan 7, Managing Traveller Sites
- Jan 9, Committee Administration
- Jan 14, Contract Drafting & Supplier Relationship Management
- Jan 20, Association for Coaching: "Your Choice, The Hard Way or The Simple Way"
- Jan 21, SW Coaching and Mentoring Pool: Group Supervision
- Jan 28, Mentoring/Coaching
- Jan 28, Coaching & Mentoring
- Jan 28, Introduction to Coaching
- Jan 28, Executive Coaching & Mentoring
- Feb 4, SW Coaching and Mentoring Pool: Group Supervision
- Feb 12, New Shared Parental Leave Rules and other Family Friendly Policy Changes
- Feb 27, Masterclass: Courage in Leadership
- Mar 3, Managing Unauthorised Encampments
- Mar 11, South West Workplace Mediation and Conflict Resolution Conference 2015
- Mar 25, SW Coaching and Mentoring Pool: Group Supervision
- Mar 31, Masterclass: Building Creative Relationships
- Jun 19, Essential Skills for the 21st Century Councillor
- Jun 22, SW Coaching and Mentoring Pool: Group Supervision
- Jul 9, South West Coaching and Mentoring Conference 2015
- Oct 6, Annual PA and Executive Assistants Conference 2015 - Bournemouth
- Oct 13, Annual PA and Executive Assistants Conference 2015 - Taunton
- Nov 17, Pension Managers' Conference
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.