PCC’s office joins international training network aimed at helping staff to fulfil their potential

Merseyside / April 26

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside has joined an international training network aimed at empowering and developing staff to reach their fullest potential.

Jane Kennedy’s team joins the Springboard Consultancy network after the Commissioner’s Community Engagement Manager Norma Kielty-Crummey completed the training to become an official Consultancy Trainer.

Norma joins a network of more than 1,300 trainers in 40 countries around the world who are working to develop staff, promote diversity and get the most out of their workforce.

The organisation works with men and woman and has been used by more than 230,000 employees around the globe. Following her training, Norma will now be able to deliver the Springboard Women’s Development Programme which works to help female employees to identify the clear, practical and realistic steps that they want to take to make a better world for themselves at work and home, while building the practical skills and confidence to take these steps forward.

The Commissioner, who has also previously delivered Springboard training, has promoted courses for officers and staff in Merseyside Police every year since she was elected with the aim of developing female employees.

Now Norma has completed the week-long trainers’ course, she will be able to lead the developmental course in-house.

Jane said: “I’m delighted that Norma is now a qualified Springboard Licensed Trainer and will be able to help even more women within Merseyside Police to use this fantastic programme to get results at work and at home, boost their confidence and give them a sense of purpose and a more positive attitude.

“I would like to congratulate and thank Norma for completing this course – I have no doubt she will be a great trainer. Her genuine passion and enthusiasm for staff development will be clear to all those who attend her courses and will inspire many more women to set new goals and challenges for themselves.

“Springboard is tried and tested in the police context and has already delivered results for Merseyside Police, and other forces including the Metropolitan Police, Dorset, Dyfed-Powys, Gwent, Nottinghamshire, and West Midlands Police and I am so pleased we are now in a position to run these courses in-house for Merseyside Police.”

Norma, who previously worked for the Merseyside Police Authority before joining the PCC’s office, has more than 15 years’ experience working in community engagement and has previously worked on equality and diversity and on strategies to reduce domestic violence.

Norma said: “I’m thrilled to have qualified as a licensed Springboard trainer and I’m looking forward to using the experience and training I’ve gained to encourage more women to achieve their goals and push themselves to their full potential.

“Participating in the trainers’ course has challenged me personally, but also equipped me with new skills which I can now use to benefit others within the police family.”

The Springboard Women’s Development Programme is designed for women from all backgrounds, ages and stages of their lives. Delivered over three months and consisting of workshops, networking and workbooks, the programme tackles issues such as career development, assertiveness, communication skills, networking and building better relationships.

Find out more about the Springboard Women’s Development Programme here.