What would you like to see in any training programme for current and/or future ministers – or should they require no training at all?
I’d like this to be an open thread – & will try to storify under #TrainJimHacker hashtag for those of you that want to tweet rather than post comments. First of all, there’s this:
1) Should ministers receive any training once appointed?
Some have said that ministers should be experts when they come into the job and not need any training at all. But in a world where everything is changing so rapidly – in particular technology and its application, is requiring no training realistic? Note that former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said that she regretted the lack of training.
With regards to training whether in office or prior to it for those politicians seeking ministerial office:
- What should that training comprise of?
- Who should deliver it?
- Perhaps just as importantly, what should be excluded from it?
- Finally, who should pay for it?
With the above in mind, you may want to look at the recommendations from the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee – in particular this recommendation on training.
What I guess is a now defunct webpage given the closure of the National School of Government, this page gives an idea of what was once on offer to ministers.
The Institute for Government also gets a recommendation in the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee’s recommendations – the Institute stating back in 2010 that ministers needed training.
So. Over to you. What do you think about training for potential and current ministers?
[Edited to add: No, I am not looking to create my own ministerial training courses. I am not nearly wise enough to deliver such bespoke training!]
Simon Parker of the NLGN think tank says ministers should have to spend a week on the frontline trying to deliver their policies.