Thousands of local authority employees across Essex, including those working for Epping Forest District Council, will benefit from ViNE (Virtual Network Essex), the innovative partnership between the Human Resources departments of the 15 Councils that serve the county.
Designed by the Essex Strategic Human Resource Partnership, ViNE enables local authorities to deliver their staff training and development programmes more effectively and at a much lower cost. Savings of £100,000 can be achieved by making much greater use of e-learning rather than by employing costly external trainers, by sharing resources and by developing training programmes that each authority can then easily and quickly adapt to its own needs. Employees can also access the training programmes on line 24 hours a day so they can further their knowledge outside of working hours and at times that suit them.
The Essex Strategic HR Partnership recently won an award for its collaborative work from the national training organisation Learning Pool. This was presented by the Chairman of Epping Forest District Council, Councillor Mrs Anne Grigg, to Paula Maginnis, Assistant Director (HR) and Julie Dixon, Learning and Development Manager. The Partnership is also to receive a £500,000 award from Improvement East to enable ViNE to be extended across the East of England.
Quality Reaccreditation for Ongar
Ongar Town Council`s Vice Chairman, Councillor Diana Roberts accepted the congratulations of her district-level counterparts on Tuesday 28 September 2010. Councillor Anne Grigg, Chairman of Epping Forest District Council joined Canon John Brown, Chairman of the Essex County Accreditation Panel in presenting Councillor Roberts and Mr Mark Squires with the reaccreditation of Quality Status for the services provided by Ongar Town Council.
Drawing out many of the achievements including the surgeries held by parish councillors, Canon John Brown also singled out the Town Clerk Mark Squires for his distinction in the Certificate in Local Council Administration.