Local Government NSW has engaged INS in a partnership to support councils to implement the Local Government Capability Framework. The Framework has been designed specifically for the Local Government sector and based on extensive consultation with councils across the state. It is a sophisticated framework that sets out the essential knowledge, skills and other attributes needed to work effectively in the sector. The Local Government Capability Framework provides a common foundation for developing a high-performance workforce within individual councils, Joint Organisations and ROCs by creating opportunities for sharing skilled resources and coordinated capability-building.
At INS, working with Capability Frameworks is our specialty. We are excited about what the Local Government Capability Framework has to offer councils and the sector as a whole. We have reviewed more than 400 capability-based position descriptions, developed over 100 capability-based assessments and since March 2017, we have delivered training on the Capability Framework to over 40 councils. Just 6 months after the beginning of the workshop series, we are seeing greater interest in the framework among local councils across the state. More and more councils are seeing it’s potential for enhancing culture, employee retention and staff engagement. Although HR staff were the first to recognise the real benefits to incorporating the framework into their councils’ recruitment and staff development processes, many GMs have become advocates for adopting the framework across their people management processes.
Following the Fit for the Future reforms and subsequent amalgamations, many councils have a number of urgent priorities for their HR teams. This might mean that now is not the time for implementing the Framework. But for others, the timing is ideal. In many cases these reforms require that councils redefine and rationalise their organisational structure and the capability framework to expedite this process and to provide essential support for establishing the new direction and values of their organisation into the future.
For those councils prioritising the implementation of the Capability Framework into their people management processes, the best place to start is with adapting your position descriptions. This sounds much easier than it is, and certainly appears so with the help of Local Government NSW’s excellent online Position Description builder. But, this process requires HR staff to have an in-depth and holistic understanding of the framework to produce effective PDs.
INS has worked with Councils from Canada Bay to Moree, and many in between, to review their adapted PDs and assist them to ensure the finer points of capability integration are fully appreciated. We have found this process also gives councils a map for proceeding with the conversion of the rest of their PD’s. This service has been well received by all the councils who have made use of it, and in some cases, the review has helped councils to clarify where there are any knowledge gaps. These gaps are addressed by INS’ train-the-trainer workshops which helps their implementation process to gain better traction.
In the LGNSW-INS Capability Framework workshops, we have spoken with HR and people managers from all over the state. Many managers express excitement about this approach and are keen to implement these HR advancements into their teams.
INS is offering an executive briefing for councils to explore the benefits of the framework specific to your circumstances. To schedule this for your team or enquire about implementing the Capability Framework for staff, please contact Philip John at INS on firstname.lastname@example.org or 02 9119 6000.
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