Friday, 9 October 2009


A unique leadership course at Thanet District Council has taken the top honours in the south east region of the National Training Awards.

The council's Training Manager and members of senior management worked closely with Europa Consultancy and their partner, Ability Professional Training to develop the Thanet Manager training programme.

The programme was specifically designed for the council, with eight key areas concentrated on in the training, which included leadership and decision-making, delivering services for customers, financial planning and budgeting, managing people, projects and change, and communication skills.

Since the programme began in 2006, 55 people have undertaken the courses and they have achieved a 91% pass rate in either Diplomas or CMI Certificates in Management. Additionally, a group of managers who already held qualifications, took the course to further their development.

Those who took part highlighted a number of benefits to the council, including better communications with colleagues and residents, more efficient handling of workloads and projects, and greater understanding of the requirements and responsibilities of other services and departments.

Cllr. Martin Wise, Cabinet Member for Finance and Corporate Services, said: "This award is excellent news and shows just how successful our Thanet Manager programme has been. It's been specifically developed to ensure that our managers have the skills they need to deliver the best possible services for our residents. We've seen the motivation and capacity of our managers grow as a result of this programme and we can have confidence, going forward, that they are equipped to handle the challenges that this council, along with everyone else in the public sector, will be facing over the next few years."

Bob MacDonald, Managing Director of Europa said: "This award is the icing on the cake for an innovative and successful leadership programme that has produced real results for Thanet. The programme shows how a hard working partnership and collaboration can and should work and is a model for all of our public sector clients to use. The programme paid for itself within the first year work - delivering more learning for less time and at less cost."

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