Magazine article Public Finance

Mandarins Academy Relaunched

Magazine article Public Finance

Mandarins Academy Relaunched

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Cabinet Secretary Sir Andrew Turnbull this week outlined Whitehall's latest campaign to improve civil service performance, relaunching a national academy that will train mandarins in the art of modern government.

Turnbull opened the National School of Government on June 20, proclaiming that it would secure relevant, high quality, tailored training and development for both our current and future leaders'.

The NSG has assumed the staff development responsibilities previously provided by the Centre for Management and Policy Studies and, before that, the Civil Service College.

It will focus on providing much of the training that senior staff must undertake under the Professional Skills for Government programme, which has been designed to improve the level of specialist knowledge across a civil service traditionally inhabited by skilled generalists.

Turnbull said the aim of the NSG was to improve Whitehall's leadership skills base. This would give government access to a larger pool of highly trained and informed senior staff, focusing on the efficient and effective delivery of services, as well as policy development and implementation. …

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