Focus On... Training and Professional Development
- Non-traditional path
Mid-Western Regional Council has launched two scholarships for local women worth $5,000 each.
- Future Directions - Professional development fostered at the LGA
Local government provides a professional work environment, with a highly skilled workforce expected to rapidly adapt to changing community expectations and to requirements thrust upon us by other spheres of government.
- Tech training for senior residents
Shoalhaven City Libraries will be offering local seniors an opportunity to learn a host of valuable computer skills as part of the upcoming Tech Savvy training program.
- Investing in human capital
Goulburn Mulwaree Council is committed to creating a highly skilled and productive workforce.
- ‘Green Army’ could march for South Australian councils
South Australia’s Local Government Association wants more detail from Opposition Leader Tony Abbott about his ‘Green Army’ proposal to assess how it could be used on local environmental projects in SA.
- Council welcomes seasonal workers
Seventy-seven seasonal workers from Vanuatu and Timor Leste are helping local farmers harvest their asparagus in Cardinia Shire.
- Innovation and investment fund for Melbourne’s north
In response to the announcement by Ford that it would cease manufacturing at Broadmeadows in October 2016, the Cities of Hume, Whittlesea, Darebin and Moreland have established the Melbourne’s North Ford Response Joint Task Force to provide regional coordination for the whole of government response for Melbourne’s north.
- Mayor welcomes TAFE students
Randwick City Council Mayor Tony Bowen has officially welcomed three new staff members, Randwick TAFE students who are the first recipients of the Randwick Mayoral Career Start Program.
- City of lifestyle choice for FIFO workers
Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate has welcomed the findings of a study into the city’s long distance commuter workforce, saying they reinforce the Gold Coast as the destination of choice for lifestyle.
- Council backs local youth programs
Orange City Council is backing local organisations as they help local teenagers make positive changes in their lives.
- E-Learning the way of the future
Sending public works staff away for TAFE training will soon be a thing of the past for Eurobodalla Shire Council, following a study funded by a $100,000 grant from the Australian Government’s National Vocational Education and Training e-Learning strategy.
- Council learns from tour
Two Maranoa councillors have travelled to the USA and Canada for a study tour to gain a deeper understanding of strategies and methods used in communities with established resource industries.
- Shoalhaven hosts interagency emergency services training camp
Shoalhaven City Council has assisted in the coordination of a two-day interagency emergency services training camp at Jervis Bay in August.
- Introduction of drug and alcohol testing
Rockhampton Regional Council will soon introduce drug and alcohol testing for both employees and councillors.
- Simplifying business access to training a common goal
An online calendar launched in August will offer a central point of reference to all business training and development opportunities offered in the City of Dubbo.
- Warringah wins Best Government Contact Centre
Warringah Council has won first prize in the Government Contact Centre Excellence Awards, which recognise government organisations from across Australia and New Zealand that go above and beyond their duty in a bid to increase customer service and satisfaction.
- Gosford City Council engineering the future
Gosford City Council is helping to shape the future of engineering talent in Australia – and in turn accessing the highest calibre candidates for projects and future roles – by offering up to 18 University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Engineering Internship places annually.
- Mitchell leads the way in professional development
After a period of significant staff turnover and instability, Mitchell Shire Council’s new leadership team has a clear focus on learning and development as a platform to enhanced organisational performance.
- National Broadband Network to play key role*
The uptake of virtual teaming continues to grow in business and government across the world, according to internationally-recognised expert John Gundry.
- The Maintenance Challenge*
Australia relies more on road transport than any other nation in the world, on a per capita basis.
- Problems with Local Government Outsourcing and Some Solutions* *By George Strohfeldt
Local Government outsourcing in the traditional areas of construction and supply has been in place for many years. However, for most Councils outsourcing of services has been steadily increasing over the past 20 years. Services contracts require contractors to perform work once undertaken by employees before the commercialisation push of the 1990s. Typical services outsourced include maintenance, cleaning, mowing and vegetation control and the like, through to consultancy agreements for professional services.