The Future Leadership Programme offers hands-on experience, with attendees working on their own real-life project in a supported environment. Part of the programme covers the business change and transformation agenda of e-government. A diploma is awarded on successful completion of the course.
Kate Mountain, chief executive of public sector IT managers' association Socitm, said, "This is recognising the key role IT managers have in the modernising of public services, equipping them to transform local government through technology."
The Future Leadership Programme runs over seven days and costs £3,500 per person. A total of 1,00o IT managers are expected to attend the course, which will be run throughout 2005.
The course is run by Ashridge Management College, and was developed for local government by the Office for Public Management and Deloitte Touche. The funded places will be paid for by the ODPM's local e-government capacity building programme.