In the first of what we hope will become a series of guest blogs from aligned organisations, Lorna Young, principle consultant at West Midlands Employers, details how they are supporting their members with Human Resources support through Coronavirus and beyond.
Here at West Midlands Employers we recognise what unprecedented times we are experiencing. As the regional employers organisation, owned by our 33 West Midlands Councils, we have been providing trusted advice, guidance and resources to help all our Public Sector partners through these difficult times. Everything we do is driven by our vision which now holds more meaning than ever:
To advocate, build and champion people centred organisations for a resilient and diverse public sector workforce that benefits everyone in the West Midlands
WME are working in partnership with organisations to ensure that the needs of our public sector workforce are met, both now in the midst of the reactive stage of the current situation and also longer term in the strategies which will be needed to rebuild, reshape and strengthen the services we provide and to support the employees and their health and wellbeing.
Even before the coronavirus crisis the way in which the public sector in general, and education specifically operated was a fast changing picture. We are passionate about finding new ways to keep up with this change and support schools and the HR network delivering services to schools and we aim to be an extended resource.
We launched our schools microsite to bring together all the up to date information and any regionally developed guidance for schools. We have stepped up our engagement both with schools directly and with the HR teams who support them and continue to be responsive to the needs of this sector. We are currently holding a weekly meeting with the regional school HR leads to clarify how the latest government guidance impacts on staff and what HR strategies and policies are needed in the transition phases of re-opening schools. We are also engaging at a national level to ensure that concerns and difficulties are being considered and feeding back the latest responses.
We are thrilled to be working in partnership with West Midlands Childrens Services and continue to strengthen these links, and work together to ensure the challenges facing schools both now and in the future are not met unsupported. Watch this space for updates and don’t hesitate to contact us if there is anything we can do to help.
WMCS would like to place on reord their thanks to Lorna for providing this blog.
If you would like to know more from West Midlands Employers please see the contact details below:
telephone: 0121 569 2070