LGcomms is on the lookout for the next generation of people who will be shaping the profession and leading public sector communications. Is it you?
Five years ago I thought being a Head of Communications wasn’t something for me. In fact, the idea was completely daunting. When the opportunity came for me to take on the role at the Council I was working for I was lucky enough to have a brilliant group of peers around me to provided support and advice as I took on the challenge.
Last year I was given the chance to get involved with the LGcomms Future Leaders programme which is designed exactly to help and support people in the situation I was in five years ago.
Started in 2012 by Alex Aiken and David Holdstock, it is all about supporting up-and-coming communications professionals in the public sector to move to the next phase in their career. Providing access to some of the best knowledge, experience and practice in the sector it is six months of training and support tailored to giving 12 individuals the tools they need to shine. It is also an opportunity to get to know others across the country in a similar situation to you.
This year’s programme starts at the Public Sector Communications Academy in Manchester on 11th June and will include a two-day best practice session in London, an overnight academic session at Leeds University, and a final apprentice-style challenge to finish. Each of the Future Leaders is also paired-up with a mentor to provide support and advice.
If you’re feeling like I was five years ago, or you’re looking for a bit of extra support to push you on to the next chapter in your career, then sign-up here.
The deadline for applications is 23rd May.
Eleri Roberts is leader of the LGcomms Future Leaders programme, delivers communications for Westminster City Council and is ex Head of Communications at Essex County Council.
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