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Many of our courses can be adapted for in-house delivery and can be specifically tailored to meet individual needs.

Sometimes due to reasons beyond our control a course has to be cancelled or postponed.  We will advise nominating officers and applicants immediately of such a decision.  Please note in exceptional circumstances we may have to make changes at short notice to the content (to reflect changes in legislation, current thinking or topical issues), timing, speakers and/or venue.

South West Councils, Dennett House, 11 Middle Street, Taunton, Somerset TA1 1SH, Learning and Transformation Administration Team: 01823 270101


South West Challenge 2019



Oct 03, 2019 09:30 - 20:30


Westpoint, Exeter EX5 1DJ


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Are you ready for a Challenge?

The South West Challenge is a scenario based development event that offers a rare opportunity for aspiring managers across the South West to gain exposure to issues outside of their normal working lives and gives them a taste of what senior management is like.  

Working as a team of six people, delegates will spend the day as the management team of a fictional local authority, encountering many of the tasks that a real corporate team would deal with.

They’ll have to work as a team, with neighbouring councils and with partner organisations to deliver a new strategy for the council. They’ll learn how to keep calm and focussed whilst choosing which areas to prioritise; dealing with sensitive issues and still keeping their focus on how to give the public the best services with limited budgets.

Although set around a local authority scenario teams from outside local government have found the challenge beneficial, and in 2017 Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service won Best Customer Engagement.



The event offers a unique, full-day, fully-interactive training experience which offers delegates the chance to:

  • gain a practical insight into how senior management works
  • experience working under pressure with colleagues
  • consider your organisation’s agenda for transformational change and discuss innovative ideas
  • develop ways of managing the current financial constraints
  • engage in partnership working and political communication to gain better understanding of the benefits this can bring

There is a winner on the day and several awards but the main purpose is developmental. After the event teams receive a development report capturing feedback from across the day with input from Chief Executives and other senior officers, who support as role players.

Got A Question? Check out our FAQ:

FAQ - South West Challenge


Download an Application Form Here:

SW Challenge Application form 2019

For  opportunities to sponsor Challenge 2019 or another of our events  please email.





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