Union launches Professionalism in Public Delivery project

Around 50 delegates attended the launch of the FDA's two-year Professionalism in Public Delivery project, which took place in central London on 25 April 2012.

Dave Penman, FDA deputy general secretary, said the new project, which builds on the union's previous skills work, was about helping to deliver "a new way of working for our members". It was, he added, about "looking to the future, not simply looking to the past".

Those attending were civil servants, union learning reps and project partners - including the Cabinet Office, Union Learn, community group Third Wave, Skills for Justice and Middlesex University.

Rowena Fletcher, Civil Service Learning's head of professions and skills development, told delegates that Civil Service Learning, set up in 2011 to deliver centrally all generic learning and development for civil servants, would provide "a better fit between our strategic priorities and the learning available to people".

It would mean, she said, "a big shift away from departments finding their own solutions".

She went on the say that the challenge now facing Civil Service Learning was making sure "people know about us" and "building the confidence in our offer".

Other speakers included Nick Skeet, key account director at Skills for Justice, FDA Learn project manager Neil Rider and Philip Wilson, chief psychologist and chief assessor of the Civil Service Fast Stream.

For more information on the FDA's project or about becoming a union learning rep, please contact Sean Ruddy at sean@fda.org.uk.

Skills project launch April 2012
Left to right: FDA deputy general secretary Dave Penman; FDA Learn project manager Neil Rider;
and Rowena Fletcher, Civil Service Learning's head of professions and skills development.