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In order for the Challenges to be a success a number of volunteer partners are required to support each event. These partners are ideally from organisations local to a particular event, or even better from an organisation that is already entering a team (please note the 'game plan' will be constructed so that partners will not, wherever possible, interact with their real-world organisations at any stage during the event).
Full pre-event briefings (both written [about 2-3 weeks prior] and verbal [on the morning of an event]) are given before each Challenge commences.
For our regional events volunteer partners need to be available to support the Challenge from, as a minimum, 8.30am until 5pm (but are, of course, more than welcome, in fact positiviely encouraged, to also attend the post-event dinner and awards show (which generally finishes no later than 7.30pm)).
As an organisation, we are committed to Equal Opportunities, recognising the benefits of utilising volunteer partners, wherever possible, which reflect the diversity of the regional community. We welcome offers of support from anyone who feels they meet the 'person specifications' below - please use our contact form to register an interest (clearly stating which event and which role you are interested in - please note that we may need to forward your details to our regional partners for action depending on the region of interest requested).
The leader role needs to be filled by either an elected member or a Chief Executive / Executive Management Team member (or equivalent). Due to the nature of our Challenges we place a restriction of no more than one elected member from each political party at any one particular Challenge.
The nominated individuals will role play the leader of up to 4 councils (ideally, but not guaranteed, to be of the same political persuasion). They will meet with the various council’s several times throughout the day. Once all of the meetings are completed the leaders will be swiftly re-designated as back bench members and sit on the Performance Board presentations. On average, each individual will sit through 4 presentations.
This role needs to be filled by those with experience in, or a good understanding of, local government. Partners will role-play one of 10 organisations considered the most important the participating teams need to meet with. Because of the nature of the event, and the uncertainty in which direction individual teams may go, the key attributes required for this role are flexibility (in terms of being able to prepare for a required role with as little as 15 mins notice), the ability to think on one’s feet and a sense of humour!
Partners will meet with numerous different teams throughout the day. Once all of the meetings are completed the partners will be swiftly re-designated as either Chair or back bench members on the Performance Board Presentations. On average, each individual will sit through 4 presentations.
Ideally, this role should be filled by individuals who are currently in a Media and Communications role. They do not, however, need to have any local government experience whatsoever.
Currently, teams will interact with the media up to three times. Once all of the meetings are completed the media partners will be swiftly re-designated as either Chair or back bench members on the Performance Board Presentations. On average, each individual will sit through 4 presentations. The media partners may also be required to assess some presentations.
This role is the Local Authority Challenge version of the roles undertaken by Nick Hewer, Karren Brady etc. on the Apprentice UK. In short, they monitor, and assess (to a set criteria), a clusters performance throughout the event. Cluster leaders will spend approximately 45 mins per hour observing the cluster and rotate around the clusters throughout the day. Local Government experience is desirable but not essential.
Towards the middle of the afternoon the Cluster Leaders will be re-designated as Performance Board presentation assessors. On average, each individual will assess 4 presentations.