The Head of HR and OD presented a report to the Committee on HR management statistics, covering the period January – March 2020. He said that this report was for Members’ information only, and the annual report later in the agenda would give a better overview, although he would be happy to take any questions.
Councillor Dumont asked how the targets for diversity were determined.
The Head of HR and OD said he had previously made this enquiry himself, as the targets pre-dated his tenure at the Council. He understood that they were drawn from data from the 2011 Census and the targets would be updated once new data was available.
Councillor Alder said she was impressed with the courses HR offered to Members. She asked whether these were also offered to Parish and Town Councillors. This would also be an area in which Members could be proactive in promoting the Council’s training programmes.
The Head of HR and OD said the HR Officer had been proactive in sending out offers of training to Parish and Town Councils. However, engagement had been “patchy” and sometimes it was difficult to contact the councils due to changes in their contact details. However, expanding the reach and uptake of training was an area which HR had been working on.
The Head of HR and OD agreed it would be useful for Members to promote the training, especially given the value for money and knowledge of local authority matters the Council provided, compared to private providers of training.
RESOLVED – that the report be noted.