18-13 – Local Government Skills Strategy
Local Government Skills Strategy
- The Local Government Skills Strategy (LGSS) is being rolled out to councils across the State following a successful pilot program.
- The program provides local councils with better access to quality professional training to help them meet the demands of a modern local government environment.
- Councils can now access funding and participate in the program as part of the NSW Government’s commitment to support local councils to enhance their workforce capability.
- The LGSS was developed by Training Services NSW (TSNSW) within the NSW Department of Industry and the Office of Local Government (OLG).
- The objectives of the LGSS are:
− to facilitate pre vocational training programs targeting local government skill priorities;
− to encourage and support councils to increase their intake of apprentices and trainees, including upskilling their supervisors and managers; and
− to facilitate training in skill priority areas for existing local government employees.
What’s new or changing
- The LGSS is being expanded across the state following a successful pilot program in five regions (Central West, Illawarra, Namoi, Northern Rivers, Western Sydney).
- A total of $4.6 million is available to councils across the state.
- The program supports councils to deliver vocational training to prospective, new and existing employees.
- The training will be delivered under the Smart and Skilled program
What this will mean for your council
- Councils should strongly consider participation in the LGSS especially in pre vocational programs such as work experience opportunities, leading to apprentices and trainees.
- Councils need to have documented the capability need and the funds required as well as the expected benefits.
Strengthening local government
- Councils need to identify a relevant Smart and Skilled training provider who can deliver the desired training. Regional TSNSW managers can assist in situations where an appropriate approved provider cannot be found.
- Councils are encouraged to talk regionally about development needs to promote economies of scale and collaboration and work through their regional TSNSW manager.
- Councils should seek advice from OLG and TSNSW to support optional outcomes. OLG and TSNSW will share best practice models and learnings from the pilot and across the State.
- Councils can enhance their workforce capabilities and ensure the needs of the community are better served through this program.
- Councils should consider current and future skills gaps as well as new and emerging job functions when applying for funding under the LGSS.
- Councils should collaborate, wherever possible, to ensure optimal outcomes for every development opportunity.
Where to go for further information
- OLG project coordinator Jaleen Caples (Jaleen.email@example.com or 0472 817 148) will be in contact with councils shortly to determine interest in participating in the program.
- Further information is available on the NSW Department of Industry website.
Acting Chief Executive