National LGC Challenge October 2009

Last updated 10th November 2009

Local Government Challenge

Three enthusiastic teams from the council’s younger employees’ network, Generation BEST, took part in the annual Local Government Challenge at the Coventry Ricoh Arena last month.

The event is a unique training opportunity which gives participants the chance to compete against teams from local authorities across the UK by taking on the role of the management team for one of four fictional councils; Washington, Ottawa, Canberra and Auckland.

From a portfolio of information about each council sent before the event, delegates are asked to decide what the priorities should be for their authority, and to write a recovery plan, sustainable community strategy and council plan to set out how they would manage their organisation.

On top of this, each team must keep up good relations with their Council Leader, set up meetings with external bodies and other councils, react to correspondence and news stories and defend themselves to the press. Marks are awarded for performance in all these criteria, as well as for a group presentation.

The three generation BEST teams: Generation Success, My Generation and 2nd City Not 2nd Best, competed against 39 other teams in a challenging day of quick decision-making, strategic thinking and team work.

Attending the training day as an assessor, BCC Employee Engagement Manager Raffaela Goodby, said “Birmingham City Council are very pleased to be associated with the LGC Challenge. We saw it as a good opportunity for teams, and maybe more junior members within teams, to act as a real management team and to deal with real-life local government issues”.

Team ‘Generation Success’, made up of Daniel Gibbin, Dharmendra Singh, Shakeel Sabir and Jetendra Singh were runners up for the Best Team Working and Best Press Interview awards and impressed the assessors with their ‘outstanding team working and excellent time management’.

Team members Ashley Innis, Rebecca Short, Sinead Stevens and Shakil Ahmed of ‘My Generation’, won marks for their political sensitivity and team working and were praised for the way they allocated roles and did things in an ordered way.

Matt Butler, Claire Varley, Bella Jones and Andrew Potter made up Generation BEST’s third team, ‘2nd City, Not 2nd Best’ and scored highly for their strategy and presentation. They were praised for a ‘really solid and reassuring performance that gave confidence to their Leader’.


At the end of a tiring but successful day the teams came together for a prize-giving dinner and to reflect on how the experience had demonstrated first-hand the challenges of managing a local authority and the importance of working with partners.

Visit for more information and pictures of this year’s LGC Challenge.

If you or your colleagues would like to benefit from this training experience, we will be organising a mini LGC Challenge for Birmingham City Council staff and our partner organisations early next year. For more information please contact Lucy Kenny on 675 1579 or email BEST.

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