HR and Employment Services

South West Councils has extensive experience of providing employment support.Leaflet image

Our team of professionally qualified and experienced specialists offer high quality independent Employment Advice free to member organisations including:

 We also provide consultancy (at discounted rates to member organisations) on:

Our services are summarised in a leaflet which can be downloaded Leaflet.

Members and Meetings

Learning and Development Services

Our team of professionally qualified and experienced specialists work jointly with you to meet your learning and development needs.  we are always delivering new services so if you don't see what you are looking for, or want a discussion about your specific needs, please contact us at training@swcouncils.gov.uk.


Individual and Organisational Development

Our provision of training and development is wide ranging and includes open courses, in-house training, professional qualifications, distance learning on some qualifications and fully customised leadership and management programmes designed to meet your specific organisational requirements.  Our access to a diverse team of specialist trainers ensures we deliver high quality training and our experience in local government and supporting large, complex organisaitons will help you increase creativity, learning and knowledge.


Apprenticeships and End-Point Assessment

Apprenticeships provide an opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds to fulfil their potential. Our approval as an End-Point Assessment Organisation demonstrates our commitment to supporting the development and provision of skills that employers need.


Coaching and Mentoring

Coaching empowers individuals, increases employee engagement and improves organisational performance. Our role in creating and maintaining the South West Coaching & Mentoring Pool enables us to support transformational change and improvement.


Learning and Organisation Development

Our consultancy service can support organisational change and culture shift through diagnostic profiling for individuals and teams, facilitation of team Away-Days, strategic L&D planning, skills audits, TNAs and the design and delivery of leadership & management development programmes


Conferences, Events and Networks

Our unique role and experience enables us to have a regional overview, identifying common development needs and supporting collaboration across organisations to design and source solutions.  We support regional networks to share best practice for key roles and functions and we offer a range of annual and topical conferences and events.


SW Charter for Member Developement

The Charter for Member Development supports Councils to adopt a structured approach to Councillor development and support, and to building elected Member capacity. Our role as the regional assessors for the Charter helps authorities to enhance and improve member development activities which is essential for any council dedicated to meeting the needs of its community.