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Home > News > July 2006 > 21 July 2006

Councils launch HR Academy

East Sussex County Council and Brighton and Hove City Council have launched a development programme for their HR managers called The HR Academy.

The Academy, which will explore the world of Strategic HR, will be implemented in partnership with executive education and research organisation Roffey Park.

The launch of the programme marks the start of a transformation process for HR within both local authorities, with the content specifically devised to support the Councils' vision and strategies.

David Cleeton-Watkins, senior consultant at Roffey Park, said: "The business partner model we are implementing with East Sussex County and Brighton and Hove City Council will help dispel any misconceptions that HR does not add value.

"When strategic thinking is applied by HR professionals, the organisation can reap the benefits long term, from effectively utilising current staff and attracting future talent."

Initially 32 HR managers will take part in the two-year programme. The Academy will feature a variety of learning activities, including training workshops, strategic impact conferences, action learning sets, psychometric profiling and coaching.

According to Roffey Park, this combination of approaches will ensure that those involved at management level address their personal priorities in a number of areas including impact and influence, consultancy skills and talent management.

Leatham Green, assistant director for personnel and training at East Sussex County Council said: "The development of the Academy really highlights the importance we place on HR and its vital role in local government.

"We want to ensure that we are inspiring our HR managers and giving them the confidence necessary to flourish in their position, as well as addressing their development needs.

"Roffey Park has a great understanding of this need, plus their holistic approach positions them as the ideal partner for us on this project."

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