Local authority employees are encouraged to expand their existing skillsets by attending training programmes or gaining extra qualifications. Training and education courses may be provided in-house or by external providers. 

Learning and development is offered across a range of development areas and involves a range of learning methods. 


Many local authorities operate Education Assistance Programmes to provide financial support to employees who are undertaking education courses. 


Personal development 

Employees’ personal development is supported and encouraged by local government employers. 


Many provide opportunities for personal development such as talks and events or health and wellbeing supports. 

In addition, many local authorities participate in or support employees’ involvement in corporate social responsibility programmes. 


Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Local authorities are committed to supporting employees in continuing professional development.