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Leading by Example

Local government as an employer

Leading by Example is an online strategic framework and self assessment toolkit, developed for councils, by councils in England, in partnership with Jobcentre Plus. Leading by Example supports councils in their role as employers dealing with local unemployment.

What is Leading by Example?

Leading by Example is an online resource for councils, as employers, and their partners, that helps them tackle local unemployment. Many councils have already prioritised local employment and have made significant steps to reduce it. In partnership with the Local Government Improvement and Development (formerly IDeA) and Jobcentre Plus, a group of these councils have created this strategic framework and self assessment toolkit as a platform to share and develop best practice across the local government sector.

How can Leading by Example help councils?

Leading by Example can support councils as employers by:

  • offering a straight forward self assessment toolkit, based on best practice, that will help highlight priority areas for action
  • enabling a starting point for productive discussions with Jobcentre Plus as a key partner in helping tackle local unemployment
  • helping councils, in partnership with Jobcentre Plus, to develop an action plan that addresses local priorities
  • helping councils to meet local priorities and contribute to local enterprise partnerships
  • providing access to best practice and useful resources.

The Leading by Example resources and support provide case studies, further information and signposting links in each of the priority areas. Once you have completed your self assessment in a particular area, you will be redirected to relevant resources. 

  • Workforce planning
  • Employment and skills vision
  • Working in partnership with Jobcentre Plus
  • HR policies and procedures
  • Customer insight
  • Skills pledge/skills implementation strategy
  • Work placements
  • Outreach strategies
  • Procurement and supply chain management
  • Multiple disadvantage

View the full Toolkit.