Institute is accused of bias to private sectorOn 8 Feb 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. The IPD is failing its members in local government by placing too muchemphasis on the private sector, according to local council chief personnelofficers.Terry Gorman, assistant chief executive of personnel and corporate servicesat Nottinghamshire Council and president- elect of Socpo, said last week thereare “very strong feelings” that the IPD’s research and training aregeared towards private business.He said concerns specific to HR in local authorities are being ignored.”People feel that once they have gained their IPD qualification they paytheir fees and get a copy of People Management. How is that helping us do ourjobs? There seems to be little by way of continuous professional developmentthat is relevant to personnel in local authorities.”Socpo president Rita Sammons said the institute needs to acknowledge the”massive” cultural changes in the public sector due to the modern-isation of government programme, including best value in local authorities.”The public sector of today is nothing like the public sector of fiveyears ago, never mind 10. We want to be sure that the way new and emergingstudents are being taught reflects the new world.”But she added that representatives from the two groups had met in Decemberand progress is being made. “We acknowledge the appointment of WardGriffiths from local government as a major step,” she said.The IPD denied that it is biased towards the private sector. Spokesman NickIsles said public sector employers are often used as case studies in researchand the institute runs a public sector forum. He added that a third ofconference delegates are from the public sector.By Dominique Hammond Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed.