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Learning and development

Dorset Councils Partnership 


Our people are at the heart of what we do for our communities and customers. Our successes are a direct result of their commitment, engagement, skills, capabilities and professionalism.

At Dorset Councils Partnership we believe Learning and Development is key to the success of the Partnership, not only to ensure employees are reaching their full potential, but also to be able to respond to the changes and play a significant part in building future local public services in Dorset.

Our employees’ personal learning starts with a comprehensive induction programme, and continues during their careers through a range of vocational development opportunities, appraisals and access to a variety of learning resources.


Our development opportunities focus our employee contribution on organisational priorities, and aim to enrich the value of the contribution made by every employee in the partnership. Together, DCP’s aim is to prepare all our people for the future, collectively building upon and enhancing the skills, knowledge and experience of our workforce.


Annual Performance Appraisal

We are committed to making sure employees have a constructive, positive, two-way, formal annual and mid-year performance and development meeting with your line manager.  The meeting should focus on reviewing your current objectives, identifying future objectives, noting achievements and aspirations, discussing and agreeing overall performance and identifying any professional or corporate learning and development needs.



We encourage managers to provide apprentice opportunities and strive to secure employment opportunities both internally and externally for people who have completed their apprenticeships.