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Many of our courses can be adapted for in-house delivery and can be specifically tailored to meet individual needs.

Sometimes due to reasons beyond our control a course has to be cancelled or postponed.  We will advise nominating officers and applicants immediately of such a decision.  Please note in exceptional circumstances we may have to make changes at short notice to the content (to reflect changes in legislation, current thinking or topical issues), timing, speakers and/or venue.

South West Councils, Dennett House, 11 Middle Street, Taunton, Somerset TA1 1SH, Learning and Transformation Administration Team: 01823 270101


Aspire South West Strategic HR and OD Business Partner Programme



From Apr 26, 2017 to Feb 07 2018



The Aspire Programme is a personal development programme for strategic HR & OD professionals within the public sector with a key aim to enhance self awareness, build confidence and help individuals develop a strong personal profile within their own organisation and with their stakeholders.

This exciting development programme combines individual development with securing practical and measureable improvements in organisational effectiveness and service delivery.

It will help delegates further develop organisational insight into what matters for the business; improve understanding of the types of behaviours and information that creates real impact; offer hints and tips on how to influence with confidence whilst raising the profile and visibility of the individual as a senior professional within the organisation.

The dates of the programme are:

Welcome &                  Wed 26th April 2017
360 Webinar               

& 360 Review              Tues 6th June 2017

Strategic context          Tues 11th July 2017
and Challenges           

1st Project Workshop   Tues 18th July 2017

Using Technology        Tues 12th Sept 2017
and business  tools                 

Getting under the skin  Tues 10th Oct 2017
of the business

2nd Project Workshop  Tues 17th Oct 2017

Win friends and             Tues 7th Nov 2017
influence people - the organisational dimension      

Win friends and             Tues 5th Dec 2017
influence people  - the personal dimension

3rd Project Workshop    Tues 10th Jan 2018

Celebration Conference Tues 7th Feb 2018


Our aim is for HR & OD professionals to have a better understanding of the significant organisational pressures in terms of those initiatives that are ‘big tickets’ for Local Authorities; to know who their key stakeholders are; and what does their business need to achieve not only from a people perspective but more importantly in terms of grasping the business context with both hands.

Through the programme delegates will:

  • Understand the difference between advocacy and inquiry and be able to capture learning from collaborative situations and organisational analysis.
  • Develop a more detailed awareness and understanding of the business context in which they operate.
  • Understand the personal characteristics, qualities and behaviours that will enhance their influence within the organisation and as a leader within their profession.
  • Gain confidence in applying organisational insight by using models that strengthen understanding and enable joint analysis, diagnosis and problem solving with service leads to operate effectively as an internal collaborative consultant
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Distance Learning - ILM Leadership and Management Qualifications, Levels 3, 4 and 5 


Member Organisations:        £1,750

Non Member organisations  £1,950

(All prices subject to VAT. )

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