My development

The overall aim of our People Strategy is to have the ‘’right people, in the right job, with the right skills’’.

Please see the full People Strategy document below for more information.

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Ways to develop

As a member of council staff, you always have the chance to improve yourself through feedback, appraisals, work-based training and courses.

There are a number of other development options you may not have thought of that that will help you grow personally and to the benefit of the council.

Conferences and seminars

Attending conferences and seminars ensures that you are up-to-date with the current thinking in your area and gives you the opportunity to meet and network with colleagues from outside of the council.

Get involved by asking colleagues about conferences and seminars that they found useful or signing up with groups that you found interesting during your professional research.


Reflective practice is a key method for embedding knowledge and skills and adds to the value of your development programme. You will get the chance to assess your development during normal 1:1s and appraisals with your line manager.

Gain academic or professional qualification

You may have decided that you want to undertake a professional qualification as part of your development. This could be something specific to your current job role or a more general accredited leadership course.

What’s in it for me?
You would gain a recognised qualification that can increase your credibility and increase future job opportunities, while allowing you to meet and work with people outside of the council.

How do I get involved?
Refer to the Professional Qualifications policy which can be found at the bottom of this page which will give you details of how you can apply for funding and support.

Project work
Participation with projects can differ as much as the projects themselves. You could contribute as an expert for your area or be a project manager. The time and involvement would vary depending on your role.

What’s in for me?
Working in a project team will improve your strategic thinking as well as general project management skills and will help you develop relationships across the council.

Working with people you do not normally work with adds diversity and helps develop new ways of thinking into the project.

How do I get involved?
There are a list of current projects available on Sinbad. If you have an interest in joining a specific project team, please contact your HR business partner who will discuss your options and liaise with the project manager to see if there is an opportunity for you to be involved.

Professional qualification scheme

Internal training courses

HR organises a range of internal training courses each year in response to training needs. These are advertised via email and the training calendar on Sinbad.

New e-learning courses are also being introduced to support your development and we will let you know as soon as they are available.

What’s in it for me?
You can apply for any of the courses we have available to develop or refresh your skills

How do I get involved?
Dates and details will be circulated as courses are arranged.

Job shadowing

If there is a role that you are aiming for but would like to know more about, you could take part in job-shadowing, where you see exactly what someone currently in a role that interests you actually does.

What’s in for me?
You would be told about the particular job in detail – what it entails, key responsibilities and interactions and how decisions are made – and then spend time watching that person carry out their day-to-day role. This could take place for a block of time or during a set of regular meetings so that you experience the full breadth of the position and, ideally, you would have the opportunity to carry out some of the role yourself under the supervision of the main job holder. This person could also become your mentor, which would also be beneficial.

How do I get involved?
Contact the individual directly to discuss potential job-shadowing options. This arrangement also needs to be agreed by both of your Heads of Service.

Professional research

Professional reading and research ensures that you tailor your research to exactly the areas that are interest to you and come up with ideas that you can put into practice at work.

Start by reading magazines and newspapers specific to your area or general to local authorities. You can also share knowledge and raise your profile by contributing to online forums and communities such as Linked In.


Volunteering involves giving up your time to do something that benefits a group or the wider environment. It will give you the chance to meet new people and contribute to a goal while giving you opportunity to develop new skills. For example, to gain more finance experience, you could volunteer to be a Treasurer for a local charity.

To find out more, check Do IT website

Learning and development at the council

We offer lots of learning and development opportunities at the council, which are offered in a variety of ways including e-learning, a professional qualifications scheme and specific in-house training courses. We have an eLearning platform which offers a range of courses available to all staff

Our main asset is our staff and that's why we are committed to training and personal development. To discuss your development or any training opportunities please visit our who should I speak to? webpage to find out who in the team you should speak to.

I have a disability – will I be able to participate in the internal training on offer?
We endeavour that ensure that all internal training is accessible for everyone. However, if you feel that you have a disability that will impact how you access the learning and development services provided, please discuss your needs with your manager in the first instance. After that, please contact Human Resources in order that any reasonable adjustments can be made.

I’m on a temporary/fixed term contract, can I apply for training?
All staff have equal access to training opportunities; specific development will be agreed with you and your line manager.

However, employees on temporary or fixed term contracts will not usually be eligible to apply for training within the last three months of their employment unless exceptional circumstances apply, for example if the training is essential for them to carry out their role with the council.

Any application for training from an employee on a temporary or fixed term contract which falls outside of their temporary contract period will be refused.

Qualifications and skills

A key principle of our People Strategy is that we will ensure that staff can develop their skills, knowledge, competencies and potential.

To help us to analyse needs and to plan future staff development and training opportunities, we record your academic accomplishments as well as your professional qualifications.

We are also interested if you have any specialised skills that would be beneficial in the work environment.

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