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LGAT supports councils in their pursuit to provide quality training to their staff.  On-going staff training leads to efficient and sustainable organisations, and contributes to an efficient and sustainable Local Government sector.  Training motivates staff, and ensures they are able to respond to changes in the sector.  In particular LGAT recognises the need to train new staff, cadets, trainees, work experience students and apprentices. 

Effective training has the following benefits:

To councils:

  • a more productive workforce,
  • a higher quality work,
  • greater commitment from staff,
  • reduced employee turnover, and
  • improved staff motivation and morale

To employees:

  • career development,
  • increases motivation,
  • increases morale, and
  • greater flexibility and response to change

Training in Local Government - Information Kit

The Department of Education's Office of Post Compulsory Training and Education (OPCET) has developed an information kit for Local Government on the training system. It covers both general information on training and specific information on training that is appropriate for local government.

Click here to access the Training in Local Government kit.

Click here to access the Council Careers website.

Training Plan Template

To assist councils to develop effective training programs for new staff in councils, LGAT has developed the following training plan template.  A training plan is a tool to measure the progress of a trainee against a set of pre-determined competencies.  It is an agreement made between the employer and the employee that ensures both parties are aware of their obligations and each other's expectations throughout the training period.

A properly negotiated training plan will provide a structured approach to the development and attainment of skills, and will:

  • provide an opportunity to select what, how, when and where skills will be achieved
  • provide a measure to assess an apprentice's or trainee's progress
  • assist in managing, planning and mapping work rotation.

Each workplace is different, therefore the training plan must be individually tailored for each person.  The following training plan has been developed in a generic form so that it is easily adaptable to any workplace.

Click here to access the LGAT training plan template.

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