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New training programmes support implementation of Civil Service Reforms

LondonLearning NewsCivil Service College

Civil Service College will be premiering a new range of training programmes, at Learning and Skills 2014, designed to tackle the problems facing the public sector during a time of drastic reform, namely inefficiency, ineffectiveness and the prevalence of outdated methodologies.

The civil service and wider public sector are changing. Growing austerity, increasing competitiveness and the strategic reform of the state by the coalition government has rendered many habits and practices within the public sector obsolete, and has necessitated the development of new approaches to business and new ways of thinking about public service.

“Corporate leadership development, entrepreneurial skills and culture change have been identified as areas where training can help fill the capability gap,” says Sonny Leong, Civil Service College’s Chief Executive.

“To implement change effectively and efficiently, we need better accountability and policy development.”

In response to this, Civil Service College is offering four new training series this year: Accountability and Governance, Cavendish Executive Education, Information Security and Law and Justice.

Each series contains several standalone modules that use the latest developments in their respective fields and a bespoke approach to training to provide a cutting edge education, and a learning experience targeted at filling the gaps in skills and capabilities within the public sector.

Accountability and Governance

  • Relationships between public bodies, sponsor departments and government finance systems
  • Mechanisms of public accountability, and how public money should be handled
  • The role of audit and risk committees, and how to make them as effective as possible
  • Making accounting officers and auditors work together

Cavendish Executive Education

  • Re-engineering systems and processes to deliver more for less
  • Understanding culture change
  • New ways of thinking about leadership

Information Security

  • IA policy development processes within HMG, and current HMG and CESG policy guidance
  • Skills and procedures for risk assessment and production of Security Policy Documentation
  • Introduction and use of the IS1 software tool

Law and Justice

  • Legal principles underlying judicial review and human rights law
  • Translating policy objectives into legislation, and how to interpret legislation
  • How to work effectively with lawyers and how to justify decisions under judicial review or legal challenge