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Highlights this month include:
- the launch of the “365 in 100” L &D challenge. Can we achieve 365 individual pieces of L and D across the team in the time it takes an adult Great White shark to lose and regrow 375 teeth?
- We’ve also got the definitive guide to booking and paying for external training;
- The launch of the in-house seminar series “Evidence Exchange“; and
- Some inspiration from an unlikely source – everyone’s favourite L & D action hero, James Bond.
In This Edition…
- CLoG Activities
- BIS and DCLG Opportunities
- Across the Country…and Beyond
- News and Reviews
- CLoG Activities
The 365 in 100 Challenge
Friday 23rd October was day 17, and we have reached 92 pieces of L & D reported across the team.
Some highlights so far:
- The CSL Teach-in was delivered this week. Demand for a repeat session is so great we will be scheduling another couple in the next fortnight.
- Pete Northover attended a talk at the Cambridge Centre of Computing History about “human / machine interaction” plotting the so-called “three waves” of how technology and humans have changed since the 1960s. Will we be redundant by 2050? Ask Pete for more.
- Dave Morris gave us the lowdown on the housing system. The Government is going to find it “virtually impossible” to meet its stated ambition of building 1,000,000 houses during this Parliament. No pressure DCLG housing team!
On the current trajectory we will reach 541 pieces of individual L & D completed by the 100 day milestone, but don’t let that breed complacency. Keep the feedback rolling in to Hazel Northcott or Colin Lovegrove as appropriate, and let’s smash that target.
How to agree and book paid-for training (Patrick Mulligan)
A number of people have been asking about the process for agreeing and booking training (both Civil Service Learning and external) which needs to be paid for. Information for both CLG and BIS colleagues is below.
Booking Training in DCLG
- Once you have identified a course via the CSL portal, email the learn inbox (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your request, making sure to:
- Copy in your line manager and Head of Profession if the request is for professional training;
- Include the name of the supplier, date of the training, course name and costs;
- Remember to allow at least 5 working days for your PO to be raised.
- Once you receive your Purchase Order Number you can book your training course
- You must not book your training unless you have a valid PO number
Booking Training in BIS
- Once your training has been agreed, log onto the CSL portal and find a course with a suitable date. In order to book this course you will need a Purchase Order (PO) number.
- To obtain the PO number please email: Karen.Hopwood@bis.gsi.gov.uk with your course name, description, date and NETT cost.
- Please allow 5 days for the PO to be raised. Once you have received your PO number you can then complete your booking. If you change the date or cancel your course please let Karen Hopwood know at the time.
- When you complete your course please send an email to Karen Hopwood to confirm this so that the course invoice can be paid.
NB Departments are charged for non-attendance on CSL courses. If you cannot attend the course as booked then please offer it to other colleagues.
A Message From Civil Service Learning – 15 of the Best
CSL has so much more to offer than a few mandatory courses. Can we tempt you to try something from our new guide to our best learning?
The 15 pieces of learning we’ve included – classroom courses, reading and e-learning – are all very popular and get top notch feedback from other civil servants. And they are popular for a reason – the different topics cover the skills people tell us they most need to develop, to make the most of their role. We’re confident you’ll find something to inspire you.
So why not check out our pick of the best and book some great learning today?
Click here for more details.
Cities and Local Growth Team – Evidence Exchange (Zainab Agha)
Evidence Exchange sessions will bring the latest research and evidence to bear on a policy question relevant to CLoG. They will be held at least quarterly, and if you have a question or a speaker in mind please contact Zainab Agha.
The first session will be led by Paul Hildreth who will speak on What influences firms’ location decisions? This will be on Wednesday 11 November, 10:00am – 11:00am in PG46 – Conference Room 2, 2MS (and through videoconferencing and telekit.)
CLoG Workshop – “An Economic Case for Local Economic Growth” (Kamal Hussain)
Tim Cullen and Andrew Paterson are leading this to complement our communications work, but all comers are welcome. If you are free between 14:30 and 16:00 on the 12th November to participate in a session in London please email Kamal.email@example.com. Equally if you are interested but cannot make this date or can’t come to London please let Kamal know and we’ll schedule a repeat outside London if there is sufficient demand.
Clusters Policy Research Programme with Cambridge University (Mike Todman)
Heidi Granger recently organised a briefing session on clusters policy featuring Professor Mark Hart which she videoed as an L&D resource. This was to conclude the research project we undertook this year with Tom Hitchings from the Cambridge University Masters in Public Policy programme,.
The video and a short article about Tom Griffiths’ experience of working with the Cities and Local Growth Unit have been published on the programme’s blog here:
We also have a full length (c. 75 mins) version of the video, including a very interesting Q&A saved on the team drives for anyone interested in the subject. .
Mike Todman reports that he found working with the programme really interesting this year, and he thinks that running a similar research project this year might be an interesting opportunity to offer around the Unit. Anyone interested could get in touch with him and he’ll arrange an introduction to the Course Director.
CLoG Presentation Club (Scott Adcock)
Scott Adcock runs a monthly presentation club to give people an opportunity to practice their presentation skills in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere. The next session is on 19th November from 12:30 – 13:30 and will focus on improvisation. If people are interested in attending please contact Scott and he will add you to the circulation list.
The CLoG Policy School (Ben Whitlock)
The unit is preparing for the next edition of the successful Policy School initiative, which is set to take place in January in collaboration with partners in the South East Midlands. It will be a fitting finale to the 365 in 100 Days L&D Challenge. Further details will follow.
Project & Programme Management (Louis Mayhew)
The Association for Project Management
DCLG has recently become a corporate member of the Association for Project Management (APM) which is an award-winning Association for Project Management with over 21,150 individual and 550 corporate members making it the largest professional body of its kind in Europe. DCLG’s corporate membership allows us access to a nationwide programme of good practice events and opportunities to ensure we are using the latest project management trends and practices.
You can find out more at www.apm.org.uk. To get the most out of the website please register as a user, citing DCLG or BIS (BIS is already a member) as a corporate member. For further information contact Louis Mayhew.
Policy to Delivery Workshops
12th & 16th November 2015, 14:00 – 17:00, Fry Building G46, 2 Marsham Street
The DCLG PPM Centre of Excellence (PPMCoE) is jointly running two Policy to Delivery Workshops on 12th and 16th November with the Major Project Authority (MPA).
These workshops feed directly into the new organisational vision. Melanie Dawes has made it clear that we need to “develop a much more streamlined, flexible, project-based way of working that is strongly focused on ministerial priorities that is outward-facing and commercially savvy; and has greater clarity about how we move from policy design to policy implementation”.
The interactive Project to Delivery workshops are open to all staff, will be facilitated by DCLG PPMCoE and MPA and will cover the following:
- Real life policy examples, hearing from our implementation partners;
- How project managers can ensure good implementation through early involvement in the policy cycle;
- Common failures and success factors in policy delivery;
- Challenge potential projects that could be difficult to deliver.
If you would like to attend one of the workshops please email Louis Mayhew with the date of the workshop you wish to attend.
Project delivery profession – competencies
The MPA has set a direction and vision for the development of a project delivery profession across Government which is clearly bounded by a set of competencies that Departments use to assess their professional group and provides the basis for learning and development and career planning.
Project managers across DCLG are to use these competencies to aid self-assessment and career development.
If you would like to see these competencies please contact Louis Mayhew.
- BIS and DCLG Opportunities
Commercial Skills Massive Open Online Course (Katherine O’Connor)
There is an opportunity to learn through a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) from Civil Service Learning. You have an opportunity to improve your core commercial skills, free of charge, working at your own pace. The MOOC on contract management was so popular with UK civil servants, including those not in specifically commercial roles, it’s being run again, from 9 November. You can register now.
DCLG run regular seminars highlighting issues which relate to the department’s policies, most of which have lots of relevance to what we do in CLoG. The next two are featured below.
Behavioural Insights, Wednesday 11 November
Owain Service (Managing Director, Behavioural Insights Team) will lead the session between 12:30-13:30. Book your place – http://dclgseminar-11nov2015-owain-service.eventbrite.co.uk
Prospects for the housing market and implications for policy, Tuesday 1 December
John Muellbauer (Professor of Economics, University of Oxford) will lead the session, 12:30-13:30. Book your place – http://dclgseminar-01-dec2015-john-muellbauer.eventbrite.co.uk
BIS Learning and Development Opportunities
The BIS Outreach programme organises a range of fascinating visits. Outreach encourages everyone to spend time with the organisations that we work with externally, so that we can understand them better. If you would like further information please contact the BIS Outreach team. Forthcoming visits include:
Learn about ‘The Internet of Things’ and see how the centre is helping people overcome the challenges of creating trust in the use of personal data. Click here for more info.
How to make your consultation more engaging, and how to set up and analyse your questions. Click here for more info.
BIS deregulation workshop, 10 November
A workshop on how staff can contribute to the Government’s £10 billion deregulation savings target. Click here for more info.
Learn about Twitter and LinkedIn. Click here for more info.
The BIS Upskilling Offer
An upskilling offer for the six priority capability areas for BIS has now been published on the Intranet as part of the department’s commitment to its staff.
The offer is separated by grade, and by learning type (e-learning, face to face, BIS and profession specific). Opportunities outlined in the document link directly to the opportunity, or another relevant site – e.g. Yammer, external sites, or an email address to enquire about the offer in more detail.
The department will build on the offer and will refresh it as new opportunities arise.
3. Across the Country…and Beyond
For anyone who fancies a trip to Manchester on 12 November to hear some informed criticism of the Government’s first six months in office, economically speaking, read on.
Economic and Social Research Council Festival of Social Science 2015: How to Run the Country (6 Months On)
You are warmly invited to this free event as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science 2015:
It will be hosted by the Pluralist Political Economy Cluster in the Faculty of Business and Law.
Join Dr Kevin Albertson, James Meadway (Senior Economist, New Economics Foundation) and other guest speakers as they constructively criticise Economics, Politics and Society during the government’s first six months in office as well as other current topical issues. Local schools will also join in a lively debate with academics: ‘Economic planning undermines economic growth’.
It will be held at Manchester Metropolitan University’s Business School on 12 November 2015. For further information on the speakers and format of the day:
If you would like to book a place please follow the Eventbrite link below:
Devolution and You
The Policy Profession workshop on devolution will help policy makers at G6 and G7 levels. It is taking place on Tuesday 24th November 2015, 9:00 – 12:00, Central London.
In July, Sir Jeremy Heywood launched the Devolution and You learning campaign across the Civil Service to promote understanding about devolution and why it matters. Devolution is here to stay. Policy makers need to understand the devolved structures of government and what this means in practice for policy making across the UK. Understanding this can help policy be delivered more effectively and minimise risks to delivery.
• It will provide an overview of the devolution structures and current settlements, and intergovernmental relations including public attitudes and politics.
• How policy making and delivery benefit from understanding what devolution is and how it can impact – even when matters are devolved.
• How one Civil Service supports multiple administrations; the role of leaders and the Policy Profession in improving devolution capability
5. Views and Reviews
An Organisational Raid (by Joe Manning)
I went on an organisational raid at 3M, an American multinational company, probably best known as the inventors of the humble Post-It note. The company’s main business is in adhesives and abrasives, although they have a lot of other product lines, and they sell goods in over 200 countries. The focus of the day was 3M’s approach to research and development. But it was also apparent that many of the challenges that they face as a firm are similar to those faced by Government. These included communicating the company’s vision and mission, developing new operational models, working across internal silos and providing services to customers more efficiently and effectively. DCLG run a number of these events with firms and I would definitely recommend them.
Building personal resilience (by Hilary Paxman)
I attended a two hour workshop on “Building Personal Resilience and Mindfulness”, a pilot session that might be offered more widely across DCLG. The trainer was a member of DCLG’s “help” employee assistance team with the aim to help you build and maintain your personal resilience.
We spent part of the time looking at how stress manifests itself, and some of the shorter term and longer term effects of being stressed. It recognised that a degree of stress can be beneficial, but that excess stress could lead to more serious mental and physical problems.
The second part of the work shop shared some tools to help individuals combat stress, including an introduction to the concept of “Mindfulness” as one way to promote wellbeing and personal resilience.
I now feel more able to recognise stress both in myself and in others around me, and have some tools to hand to help combat feeling this way, if necessary. One that I liked in particular was the tool to help build my personal resilience, reminding me that I should keep a balance every day between intellectual i.e work, and other things to help reduce possible unhelpful stress levels. See below for more details.