Providing in-house training will help save Surrey County Council nearly £750,000.
Surrey has already saved £130,000 by providing training itself and expects to make another £600,000 of savings in the next two years.
These will come through running more in-house courses and doing better deals for external training.
Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Change and Efficiency Denise Le Gal said: “Our staff are fundamental to our ambition of becoming a first-class organisation that delivers the very best services to our residents.
“Our people are our business and by investing in them and their skills we reap the rewards in the long-term and in turn the benefits to local taxpayers are significant.”
The in-house training and development programme was devised by the council’s HR team*. STARS – an acronym for Stretching Talent and Raising Skills – has seen around 45,000 courses booked since April 2010. Staff have taken more than 500 different courses.
Courses for employees include basic administration, IT and report writing, while finance and procurement training are among those for middle managers. Senior staff benefit from courses on building strong relationships with line managers and developing coaching skills.
* All the courses meet national standards.