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The public service compact mickey burke skills development manager

The Public Service Compact

Mickey Burke

Skills Development Manager

(Director: Public Service Compact)

Context 1

The largest sector in terms of employment (27%)

Currently 640,000 employed in the sector

50,000 new jobs will be created over next 10 years

A further 250,000 recruits needed to cover replacement demand

19% (120,000) not qualified to level 2

32,000 have no qualifications

Context (1):

Context 2

Poor track record of employing young people

6% of employees are under 25

Only 5% of apprenticeships are in Public Service

By 2015 less than 40% of jobs will be in occupations not requiring higher level skills

Sector has high potential for bringing workless people into employment

Context (2)

Compact history expansion
Compact History & Expansion:

  • Original membership with a focus upon Birmingham & Solihull

  • Launched in 2004 with 5 members

  • Review / Relaunch in 2006 with 38 members (LAs, PCTs, V&C, FE, HEIs uniform services)

  • National acclaim and International recognition

  • City Region Compact: 8 x City Region Local Authorities

  • Shire Network Compact: 5 x Shire Local Authorities

  • Civil Service West Midlands: Driven by Cabinet office

Reasons for success
Reasons for Success?

  • Clear sign up process

  • Securing ‘buy in’

  • Charter

  • Operational Plan

  • Robust Partnership Structure

  • Deliver the benefits…..

The public service compact is underpinned by 10 core principles outlined in the charter
The Public Service Compact is underpinned by 10 Core Principles outlined in the Charter

  • To raise the profile of the Public Service Sector

  • To increase the number of young people entering and remaining in the sector

  • To support the objectives of the City Strategy through working in partnership with Employer Skills Boards (ESB) to “gain clear commitment to baselining of employment rates in the target wards and set clear targets for increases in recruitment from City Strategy target groups”

  • To support the Birmingham Floor Target Improvement Plan for Worklessness through directly and indirectly contributing to the outcomes detailed within the Employment and Skills Delivery Plan.

  • To improve accessibility to, and retention in, careers within the Public Service Sector for priority groups from key target wards

  • To develop appropriate training and development opportunities for existing employees within the sector

  • To identify clear progression routes within and between key public service organisations

  • To support Public Service employers in addressing inequalities in employment and to promote and embed diversity across the workforce

  • To identify needs across Public Service sub sectors including Skills for Life, e-skills and disability

  • To identify, build upon and share good practice across the sector

The public service compact mickey burke skills development manager

Public Service Compact Full Membership

PSC Strategic Core Group

Public Service Compact Team

PSC HR Group

Apprenticeship Provider




Workforce Planning




Thematic Working Groups

  • PSC Chair:

  • Chief Executive BEN PCT

  • B’ham Strategic Partnership

  • Employer Skills Board

Supporting wider policy drivers priorities
Supporting Wider Policy Drivers & Priorities

  • Supports implementation of Skills Challenge

  • Skills Pledge & Local Employment Partnerships

  • Leitch Skills Agenda – Demand Led

  • Workforce Development: Increasing skills and promoting Train to Gain

  • Apprenticeships: Growth and Innovation, e.g., Adult Apprenticeships

  • Skills for Life

  • Diversity in the current and future workforce

  • Leadership and Management

  • Provide networking opportunities – “communities of learning”

  • Promoting best practice (learning from poor practice!)

The public service compact mickey burke skills development manager

Services and Benefits :

  • Integrated Employment & Skills Approaches (JCP & WMB)

  • Signposting and Information Websites

  • P.S. – e-bulletin (supporting communication across the membership)

  • Joint events and training workshops

  • Diploma in Public Service Leadership

  • Level 3 in Public Service Management

  • Apprenticeship in Public Service {Administration}

  • Workforce Profiling Toolkit

  • Link-Up + Learn (Cross Sector Development Opportunities)

  • Competency Frameworks

  • Mentoring

  • Bespoke Skills for Life offer

  • Websites

  • Young Peoples Perceptions DVD

  • Careers in Public Service DVD

  • Aim Higher Citizenship in development

  • …..”communities of learning”

The future
The Future..

“I’m challenging public service employers across the West midlands to

light a spark. To lead the way in the transformation of our regions skills


“ Skills is our number one challenge for the long term. So there is no

reason why our public services should not be at the forefront of our

ambitions to change. The challenges is set. There is a clear message

to our region’s' public service leaders today. The West Midlands


West Midlands Minister: Liam Byrne

The public service skills challenge 1

A challenge to all public service employers with a commitment over

the next 3 years:

Up Skill the workforce to a minimum of level 2

Tackle the basic skills needs of employees

Prioritise the recruitment of local people from the most disadvantaged neighbourhoods

Increasing the number of young people employed in the sector

The Public Service Skills Challenge (1):

Skills challenge 2 targets by 2010

75,000 public service employees upskilled to level 2 commitment over

Improving public service productivity and service delivery

Contribution to Level 2 Leitch targets

Closing skills gap

Increase in under 25’s employed by 25% including 8,000 new apprenticeships

Reducing NEET, Increasing apprenticeship take up

Recruit 10,000 local unemployed people into PS

Reducing worklessness

Contribution to Local Area Agreement priorities & targets

Skills Challenge (2)Targets by 2010

Skills challenge 3 integrated offer

WM Brokerage and JCP National Sales Team commitment over

Train to gain –skills for life, NVQ’s, and Skills Pledge

Apprenticeships and adult apprenticeships

Job Centre + customised recruitment programmes through Local Employment Partnerships (LEP)

Bespoke pre recruitment programmes

Matching prospective recruits and employer skills requirements

New Deal and work trials for long term unemployed

Skills Challenge (3)Integrated offer

The public service compact mickey burke skills development manager

  • Summary commitment over

  • Collaborative partnership

  • Formal and robust partnership structures

  • Endorsement at Board and Senior Executive level

  • Breadth of employers engaged

  • Substantial progress in just over 3 years

  • Contributes to / supports key strategic drivers

  • Delivers operationally ‘on the ground’ to support the worklessness and skills agenda through…

  • Innovative and collaborative approaches to recruitment and workforce development

The public service compact mickey burke skills development manager

Contacts: commitment over


Mickey Burke:

Skills Development Manager