Local govt needs new image to aid recruitment

first_imgLocal govt needs new image to aid recruitmentOn 4 Mar 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Local government HR professionals need to improve the perception of careeropportunities in their sector if they want to overcome crippling recruitmentand retention problems. Charles Nolda, executive director at the Employers’ Organisation for LocalGovernment, wants recruitment procedures, career planning and trainingoverhauled. Nolda told delegates at the Building Skills and Capacity in Local Governmentconference that he is concerned employees feel they have few careeropportunities and are leaving the sector. “Many people can find themselves trapped in low-skill jobs or smallunits like schools, social care homes or district councils, where the changesof promotion are uncertain. “We all believe workforce development is important, so why do we spendless on training and development than the NHS or the Civil Service?” Nolda said the sector needs to view itself as one employer – like the NHS –instead of more than 400 separate organisations, if it is to improve itsworkers’ perceived career prospects. He cited the Civil Service’s model of rotating staff around differentdepartments as a way of challenging employees and improving retention. “Our recruitment procedures are criticised by those outside the sectorfor being bureaucratic and there to satisfy the lawyers who are worried aboutequal opportunities and not getting the best person for the job,” he said.Nolda also questioned councils’ equality records. “Our collective failure to get the ethnic make up of the workforce toreflect the respective communities we serve, along with the slow rate of womenin top jobs, means these issues must be prioritised in workforceplanning,” he said. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Zola tells Hudson-Odoi to keep the faith with Chelsea

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Callum Hudson-Odoi should fight for a place in the Chelsea starting line-up and not be swayed by a multi-million euro offer from German giants Bayern Munich, according to Blues assistant manager Gianfranco Zola.The 18-year-old winger — a pivotal member of the England side that won the 2017 under-17 World Cup — has 18 months to run on his present contract and has an offer to extend his deal.However, Hudson-Odoi, who like many young English players at the top Premier League clubs has found first team opportunities hard to come by, is being pursued by Bayern, who have tabled a third offer for him reported to be 33 million euros ($37.6m).“It’s about patience,” said Zola at Friday’s club press conference.“I believe he has a bright future with us, but he will have to learn that right now for him it’s important to get better and better every day. “I know Bayern is very interested in him, but we’re interested in him as well.“We’ve proposed a contract for quite a while, so we’re waiting. We certainly value him as a player.”Zola said Hudson-Odoi — who Bayern see as being able to replicate the success of his young compatriot Jadon Sancho at Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund — could do himself more favours by staying as he can only improve by training with the senior squad.“I know he hasn’t played probably as much as he wanted, but this is down to the quality of the players in front of him,” said Zola.“I’ve already told the player: it’s not a waste of time. It’s a time you can get better.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more