ADD2220 Skills & Employment Unit Team Development

Type of decision: 
Assistant Director's decision
Code: 
ADD2220
Date signed: 
27 March 2018
Decision by: 
Michelle Cuomo-Boorer, Assistant Director - Skills and Employment

Executive summary

The Skills & Employment Unit is a new Unit in the Development, Enterprise & Environment Directorate of the GLA. The Unit was only established in November 2017, and significant recruitment has taken place to establish 31 posts with a further 19 staff either being recruited currently or will be recruited prior to 2019.  In addition, there is currently a consultation to merge the ESF Delivery team currently located within Regeneration with the Skills & Employment Unit.

The new Unit will bring together team members from across the GLA as well as a number of new colleagues recruited from outside the organisation to join the original core team.  This ADD is to approve £21,550 for Greenbank to deliver a programme of team development activities over the next 12 months.
 

Decision

That the Assistant Director of Skills and Employment approves £21,550 for Greenbank to deliver a programme of team development activities for the Skills & Employment Unit over the next 12 months.

 

Part 1: Non-confidential facts and advice

Introduction and background

The Skills & Employment Unit is a new Unit in the Development, Enterprise & Environment Directorate of the GLA. The Unit was only established in November 2017, and significant recruitment has taken place to establish 31 posts with a further 19 staff either being recruited currently or will be recruited prior to 2019.  In addition, there is currently a consultation to merge the ESF Delivery team currently located within Regeneration with the Skills & Employment Unit.

The new Unit will bring together team members from across the GLA as well as a number of new colleagues recruited from outside the organisation to join the original core team.  This ADD is to approve £21,550 for Greenbank to deliver a programme of team development activities over the next 12 months.
 

Objectives and expected outcomes

Greenbank will lead a programme of team development aimed at helping the team to achieve the following objectives:

•    Building a new management team and ensuring good working practices are established quickly
•    Ensuring the strategy and goals of the Unit and individual teams are understood and communicated effectively.
•    Ensuring that the management team are accessible and approachable to rest of the team.
•    Ensuring team successes are celebrated 
•    Building a new high performing team unit – understanding how individual management and working styles/strengths/personalities compliment and how to address any challenges whilst understanding this.  
•    Building trust between new team members
•    Building and ramping up performance of the team with challenging deadlines while maintaining motivation in the short term i.e. until August 2019.
•    Ensuring high performance is maintained in the long term.  (The Implementation phase of the majority of the team’s activity will be until August 2019.  From 2019 the programme will be business as usual).

Based on 4 ‘touch points’ with the SMT and 3 ‘touch points’ with the wider team, Greenbank will deliver a programme of work which will include both workshop sessions and activities between these workshops in order to sustain momentum and continue development throughout the 12 months.

Facilitation Budget 

SMT 4 x half-day workshops
Wider Team 3 x half-day workshops (2 x facilitators)
Half-day design and development for each workshop
 

 

Design & Development

Delivery

Total Facilitation Cost

SMT (5 people)

£3,000

£3,800

£6,800

Wider Team (approx. 50 People)

£2,250

£5,700

£7,950

Insights Discovery reports, colour blocks and workshop materials @ £100 pp

 

 

6,800

 

 

Total

£21,550

 

Equality comments

The programme has been designed to take account of equality and diversity of team members within the Skills & employment Unit whilst also recognising different learning styles, communication techniques and requirements of the team to maintain and promote an inclusive learning environment.

 

Financial comments

The estimated cost of £21,550 for this proposal will be funded from the Adult Education Budget for 2018-19 held within the Skill & Employment Unit.

 

Planned delivery approach and next steps

 

Activity

Timeline

Procurement of contract

w/c 26 March 2018

Delivery Start Date - First Team Away Day

12th April 2018

Programme Delivery

April ‘18 to March ‘19

Delivery End Date

March 2019