Helping public services transform

14 July 2015

The Local Government Association (LGA) and the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) have joined forces with Canterbury Christ Church University to launch a new qualification for public sector managers leading partnership and collaboration projects.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Collaborative Transformation (PCCT) has been designed to equip programme and project managers with the skills and tools they need to drive forward collaborative transformation projects and make significant savings. As well as their learning they are provided with over 100 tools and techniques to accelerate the transformation process. The six month programme has been developed by the University in conjunction with Shared Services Architecture and will be delivered nationally in partnership with CIPFA.

Dr Wim Van Vuuren, Programme Director in the Business School at Canterbury Christ Church University, said: “Many politicians, senior leaders and managers are thrust into leading major transformation programmes without sufficient training, putting both their organisation and their personal credibility at risk. The PCSS is a key to implementing successful projects as well as providing valuable professional development.”

The new qualification will be launched by The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy’s (CIPFA) Chief Executive, Rob Whiteman and Cllr Gary Porter the new Chairman of the Local Government Association on 21 July.

Cllr Porter was the one of the first of over 100 students to gain the Postgraduate Certificate in Shared Services, the forerunner of the new qualification. He said: “Devolution and integration of public services is central to the LGA’s proposals for managing public spending, so it’s vital we equip our people to lead successful transformation projects. As a former student, I know how valuable this new qualification will be across the public sector.”

Rob Whiteman, Chief Executive of CIPFA, said: “As central Government continues to bear down on budgets the public sector will need to increasingly collaborate across multiple areas and projects to ensure the best use of taxpayers’ money to deliver high quality services. The public sector needs the best people to make this transformation happen which is why we’re supporting this important new qualification.”

For more information on the PCCT, please contact Dr Wim van Vuuren on wim.van-vuuren@canterbury.ac.uk or Tel: 01227 782118.

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