Public Sector Voices: Ep.41 'The Future of the Public Sector Workforce

In the 41st episode of the Public Sector Executive Podcast, host Dan Benn is joined by the University of Birmingham’s Shailen Popat. They discuss what it takes to educate the next generation of the public sector workforce, at a time when the sector is changing more than ever. With increasingly important goals covering everything from the environment to crime, funding is being spread thin, so how do you train these decision makers?

Popat, Director of the Msc in Public Management course at the University of Birmingham, mentioned the pressures that public sector leaders find themselves under to deliver for the community, whilst navigating ever-tightening budgets. He said:

“The modern public manager has to be so versatile and so creative. They’re always working in a resource constrained environment, but they still have to deliver the results that the public needs.”

To find out how educators like Shailen manage to educate future public sector leaders, make sure that you tune into the Public Sector Voices podcast.

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Ep 48. Achieving Net Zero - Cllr Abdul Jabbar - Oldham Council

As central government aims for the UK to be net zero by 2050, councils around the country make plans for how to reduce emissions. This episode’s guest, Oldham’s Councillor Abdul Jabbar outlines the importance of coming together to reduce the nation’s carbon footprint, the benefits of achieving net zero, and how Oldham Council are working to do just that.

Touching on the role that the public sector can play in sustainability, Cllr Jabbar said:

“I think it’s really important that the public sector gives true leadership in this space. I think something like one third of the carbon emissions in the country come from the public sector, so obviously we’re a big polluter in terms of the emissions.”

Councillor Jabbar also spoke about challenges being faced by organisations:

“I think the biggest one has been finance. Clearly the local government sector in particular has had its grants cut from central government by a huge amount and that’s had a very big impact in terms of our plans to take forward projects in relation to climate change, so that’s a major issue.”

To hear what Cllr Jabbar has to say about the mission to achieve net zero carbon emissions, listen to the latest episode of the Public Sector Executive Podcast.

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