Hello PPMA members and friends

It’s always pleasant to take a trip to London and see it at it’s best on a sunny morning. So it was this Wednesday when I made my way to Shoreditch to take part in ManpowerGroups’s Boards of Directors session on Talent and Workforce Futures.

The group were meeting to consider different approaches to workforce strategy and the attraction and recruitment of talent. As always when asked to take part in something like this, my brain started to fizz a bit and I have been thinking about where we are in the public sector. Technology, digital advances, financial challenge and transformation of services are all impacting on our world and on our workforce planning and development. We are all doing something in this arena and we are able to build a good career for those who choose our sector.

We talked about the need for flexibility, the challenges of workforce supply and skills development. Dr Tanya Alcock, Head of Customer Insight & Futures, BT Global Services Innovation Team and , Brian Murray, Group HR Director, Nomad Foods Europe talked about their challenges – not so very different from our own. We are all focused on retention and meeting the needs of new generations for meaningful work, a decent work-life balance and opportunities from learning and development all leading to workforce strategies that are based on agility, collaboration and the need to grow – the business and the people.

There was a strong sense of the commitment to young talent and apprenticeships – and a strong sense that the Apprenticeships Levy will not help the cause – and the group reflected on the ability of the younger workforce to adapt and to bring technology into the workplace in new and different ways. it did make me think about whether we do enough to attract people back into the public sector when they leave – maybe encouraging them to keep in touch and to share their experiences. We have done some of that, but not nearly enough.

Thanks ManpowerGroup – it was a great session. I was pleased to be able to share some of what we are doing and to show that the public sector is capable of innovation, transformation and forward thinking – and that makes me very proud indeed.

Sue Evans, PPMA President