West Midlands Challenge
Date: 30th April 2020
The winning partnership of West Midlands Employers and Breckland Training, is again bringing the ultimate team challenge to the West Midlands Region!
The public sector is currently facing unprecedented change. Organisations need to deliver innovative solutions and services that offer people greater choice and control over their lives. Their workforce needs to engage with a range of stakeholders and be able to continually adapt to whatever the future brings. To thrive rather than just survive our workforce need re-training and re-focusing.
The West Midlands Challenge is an exciting and innovate learning and development experience based around a competition format and is open to teams of six from any area of the Public Sector. It’s a fantastic opportunity for ambitious individuals to strengthen and hone their skills, en-route to becoming our leaders of tomorrow. This event is packed full of experiential learning and ideal for aspiring or newly appointed managers (or those who need to make a shift from operational to strategic thinking) to gain exposure to issues outside of their normal work giving them a taste of what senior management within local government is really like.
To successfully complete the challenge teams will spend the day as the management team of fictional local authority, encountering many of the issues facing real corporate teams.
They will have to:
Work with neighbouring councils, stakeholders and partners to deliver a new strategy for their council.
Identify areas to prioritise.
Deal with politically sensitive issues.
Maintain customer focus in determining how to deliver the best services within limited resources.
Whilst this is primarily a development opportunity teams are competing to be crowned ‘Best Team’ in the region and lift the Challenge Trophy. Delegates predominantly come from our local authorities but we are keen to attract wider engagement from Public Sector stakeholders participating as place based teams or as volunteers supporting the West Midlands Challenge.
WME is asking CEO’s and Senior Managers to invest in their local talent; selecting their brightest talent to form their team and take on the West Midlands Challenge. You can also get involved by taking up one of many volunteer roles required to support the delivery and challenge participants throughout this high energy and intensive event.
The challenge provided us with a great opportunity to work as a team, push ourselves outside our comfort zones and develop new skills. We were all working on unfamiliar challenges and topics and the day gave us an intensive insight into what our local authority colleagues deal with.Emily Shaw