£1 million for Partnership projects
22 October 2001 - £1.2 million of Government money is available to businesses and
organisations wanting to develop workplace practices
to improve communication between bosses and workers under a new round
of the DTI's Partnership Fund.
Partnerships at work can be funded for:
- improving communications
- developing a joint approach between management and employees to
solving business problems
- introducing culture change into the workplace
- addressing issues such as high staff turnover and
Announcing the funding, Employment Minister Alan Johnson said:
"An open and communicative work environment is vital for those
organisations that want to realise their full potential.
"The partnership approach means that both employers and employees
have a shared goal of a winning business, which benefits everyone
throughout the organisation.
"The money the Government is providing means that more organisations
will gain from making the most of both management and workers'
"The partnership approach not only means businesses can deal with
issues such as resolving disputes, but that they can reap the
benefits of input from throughout the organisation, which ultimately
impacts on the bottom line."
Businesses need to apply by 15 February
2002. Applications are accepted on a competitive basis during fixed rounds
and may be partnerships for the first time or building on existing efforts.
Successful applicants are awarded grants of up to 50% of total
project costs, with the remainder being met by participating
organisations. Each fund winner can receive up to a maximum of £50,000 from the
Organisations wanting to find out more can phone the Partnership
Fund Helpline on 020 7215 6252 or visit
EXAMPLE PROJECTS FROM PREVIOUS ROUNDS
'One Organisation' through Knowledge & Partnership
I CAN is a national educational charity based in London for children
with speech and communication difficulties. As part of their
partnership project proposal, the charity aims to involve staff more
actively in the organisation and harness their knowledge and skills
to give them a stronger sense of ownership and participation. The
project involves setting up a national Staff Communication and
Consultation Forum, conducting a staff survey and developing an
employee intranet to share learning and development.
Strengthening & Extending Partnership with AWG
Anglian Water has operated a partnership approach in employment
relations over the past five years and in this new project is seeking
to extend current practice. Recent growth of the company and the
acquisition of a major construction company have led to a
reorganisation of the group into four business activities.
Consolidating and extending partnership practice is viewed as
essential to meet the emerging needs of the group. Training
objectives will focus on joint decision making techniques,
consultation, presentation and communication to assist the
restructuring and to address the representational needs of employees
in the parts of the business where no unions are present.
Sector: Water Utility, Construction and Asset Management company
Enabling Change Through "The 20 Keys to Workplace Improvement"
Building on relationships already established, 3M UK plc together
with the Transport & General Workers' Union want to incorporate the
"20 Keys" approach at their Gorseinon site. This method is designed
to enable and support change by focusing on employees and involving
them in identifying areas for improvement. A full-time leader will be
recruited from the workforce and the first four keys identified. A
key leader, also from the workforce, will be responsible for each
project and for convening consultative groups. The overall aim of
the project is to energise and motivate all employees to work
together for the mutual success of the company and themselves.
Sustaining Our Mature Partnership
United Distillers and Vintners have two main aims in their
partnership project. The first is to establish a robust consultation
process across all the company's divisions and sites and the second
is to provide managers and employee representatives with relevant
"partnership skills" to underpin effective consultation. Employees
will become more involved in the decision making process and play a
greater role in achieving business goals.
Sector: Manufacturer of Distilled Spirits
Number of Employees: 3,500