Developing your career

LGcommunications is here to help you develop your career in public sector communications.

Our key activities include:

LGcommunications AcademySeminar programmeLGcommunications News and email updatesThe Future Leaders Programme

National Occupational Standards

In addition to our existing activities we have recently launched new National Occupational Standards (NOS) for local government. This has been in partnership with Skills for Local Government and more details can be found on their website.

The NOS sets out a functional map for local government communications officers which is available here. This sets out that the key purpose of this role is

The activity of conveying messages on a range of topics through the exchange of information using various methodologies to communicate with an audience and listen to an audience.

It also sets out the skills needed into broad headings;

Provide a strategic overview for corporate strategies and prioritiesDevelop and deliver communications activities and outcomesAn ability to use or commission appropriate media, PR or marketing practicesReputational management and two-way communicationTeam work and Self management

Within these areas the functional map contains more details on the skills local government communication officers need. You can use this framework to develop your own career and those around you. We would encourage you to consider this framework within any reorganisation or job description changes you might be planning. We will also help by working within this new framework when developing out Academy and Seminar programme in particular.

Engage for Success

We would also like to recommend Engage for Success. This is a movement committed to the idea that there is a better way to work, a better way to enable personal growth, organisational growth and ultimately growth for Britain by releasing more of the capability and potential of people at work. More details are available via www.engageforsuccess.org