National Councillor Mentoring Programme launches
The Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA), in partnership with the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) and the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE), is launching a National Councillor Mentoring Programme.
IDeA says the programme is available to all English local authorities wanting to invest in mentoring as a means of building political leadership capacity and increasing the effectiveness of experienced and new councillors.
The mentoring options available to councils include a buddy system, political group mentoring, one-to-one relationships, and mentoring for specific skills or roles. There are also options for leaders and executive members.
The programme, supported by the joint Local Government Association (LGA) / Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) Capacity Building Programme, aims to support between 50 and 70 councils in the first year, delivering mentoring support to between 400 and 700 elected members.
The ODPM and LGA established the Capacity Building Programme in April 2003 to support improvement in local government. The programme aims to enhance and develop councils' confidence, leadership and skills to advance improvement, as well as develop their capacity to learn, innovate and share knowledge and expertise about what works and how.
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