Competence


Case studies of Development Trusts and discussions with Trust directors have identified key areas of good practice in running Trusts which can be defined in terms of 'competence'. These areas are Governance, Management, Communications, Financial sustainability and Project management. This sheet provides an overall set of checklists.

Checklists of competence have become an increasingly common way of analysing training and information needs, by focusing on the skills and knowledge necessary to carry out a task. Stated simply, they aim to answer the questions 'What would a competent Trust (or Board member/ director/staff member) be like?' Similar competences can be identified for the process of setting up a Trust. Competences lead to the provision of training which is designed to help people become effective in their roles.

Using competences

Checklists of competence can be used in many ways:

Competences and trusts

Each of the five main competence areas, and that of setting up, is described in detail in other sheets. There are sheets covering

Each sheet provides a summary of the significance of this area to the work of the steering group or Trust, a brief description of roles and responsibilities, and a checklist encompassing the principle competences in each area. Each checklist can be used by Development Trusts and individuals for planning, appraisal or review in the particular area of the Trust's work.

Using this sheet

The two checklists in this sheet give an overview of the main competence leaflets. The first checklist provides an overall summary of the competence for a Development Trust and the setting up process, irrespective of individual roles in the steering group or Trust. It will be particularly useful at the beginning of a planning or review process, and should help you identify aspects of the Trust which need development, or new areas for activity.

The second checklist uses the same list of competences, but is written for individual steering group members, Board members or staff. It should help you clarify your own role within the Trust, and identify aspects of the work about which you need to know more.

A competent trust

This checklist provides an overall summary of competence for setting up and then running a Development Trust. Tick the appropriate box if your steering group or trust:

Start up

Governance

Management

Communications

Financial sustainability

Project management

Checklist

This checklist looks at competences from the viewpoint of individual steering group members, Board members or staff members. It can be used to help clarify who should be responsible for what.

Do you, (or should you):

Start up

Governance

Management

Communications

Financial sustainability

Project management


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