At the council we recognise we have a strong need for collaboration with partners outside of our organisation.
We frequently have to share a variety of information with external organisations often of a sensitive, personal, financial, commercial and political nature. Historically we used Objective Connect as our secure external file sharing platform, to exchange files with partner organisations which were too sensitive, or too large, to email.
From 14 February 2023 the council will no longer use Objective Connect for this purpose, as our contract expires. This provides us with the opportunity to move to use SharePoint - an existing product within our Microsoft 365 software suite. This will result in significant savings and an enhanced user experience for the council.
All staff who use Objective Connect need to take action before this date - to move items that they need to keep across to SharePoint and also delete items that are no longer needed out of Objective Connect.
We have a number of Youth Employment Initiatives that provide young people and young adults with the opportunity to get workplace experience and gain industry recognised qualification.
Read about Marc Stewart's workplace journey
"I started with the council through the Improving Transitions to Modern Apprenticeships Programme (IMAP) -which provides work experience for up to 26 weeks. The placement introduced me to working in the Chief Executive Departments Web Management Team - who are responsible for looking after the main council web site and the Connect Intranet site. As part of this short-term placement, I supported a number of work areas and developed my skills and knowledge in an area that I've always been really interested in."
"In February 2022, I progressed onto the Kickstart programme, which was launched by the Government during the pandemic - for people like myself who wanted to improve their chances of securing long-term employment. However, a few months into this placement, a Modern Apprenticeship (MA) in Digital Applications Support, was advertised in the Web Management Team. This seemed like an ideal fit for my skills and knowledge so I decided to apply for it and I was delighted when I successfully secured the position - the MA will provide me with around 2 years' work experience with the opportunity to get an industry recognised qualification (SVQ)."
"The council is in the process of upgrading its website, so since I've started my MA, I've been learning how to use the web content management system software (GOSS) so content can be moved from our existing website to the new one. I've also been getting experience updating the content, building online forms and working with images and video for the website."
"I am so pleased to have secured an MA and for all the employment initiatives that are available within the council, as these have really helped me to kick-start my career and provided me with the springboard to take the next steps. I'm looking forward to continuing to develop my knowledge and skills in an area that I'm passionate about."
Work, Earn and Learn
If you live within the Glasgow City Council boundary, and you have a young adult in your family who is unsure about what career path they want to pursue, an MA could be the right choice for them - do they want the opportunity to earn while they learn? If so, they can speak to the Careers Officers or the Developing Young Workforce Officers in their school to find out about the MA training programme or get guidance about what options are available to them.
Anyone considering an MA should create an account with Guarantee@glasgow.gov.uk and this will give them access to MA opportunities right across Glasgow, including those within the council.
Congratulations to CPU who won Best Procurement Delivery Award for the introduction of the Education Counselling Framework at the GO Excellence in Public Procurement Awards 2022 - held in the Crowne Plaza Glasgow on 27 October. Since 2002, the GO Awards have recognised the achievements of procurement teams from organisations in the public, private and third sector.
The Award recognises the efforts of CPU who, along with stakeholders from Education Services, Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership were tasked with developing the Sourcing Strategy to deliver the Education Counselling Framework - which supports the Scottish Government's initiative for all Primary 6, Primary 7 and Secondary school students to be given the opportunity to have access to a counsellor and appropriate support services as well as being extended to provide support to families and key adults in a student's life."
The team were also finalists in the following award categories, Collaborative Procurement Initiative and Best Procurement Delivery.
Maureen Fitzpatrick, Head of Corporate Procurement said:"What a tremendous night, we were thrilled to be shortlisted for 3 awards - I am delighted the team received this well-deserved recognition and prestigious award."
"Achieving this Award is a team effort and it highlights our close working relationships as well as successful collaborative partnerships with not only Education Services but other key council teams such as Legal Services and Financial Services."
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Scotland is a safe place for people fleeing the war in Ukraine. The Scottish Government is looking for households to welcome people in Scotland.
Homes for Ukraine Scheme
Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, and the movement of displaced people across Europe, the UK Government launched the Homes for Ukraine Scheme on 14 March 2022 to assist Ukrainian nationals and their families to be sponsored to come to the UK, alongside a call for UK households to become hosts.
The Scottish Government launched the Super Sponsor Scheme, which is part of the Homes for Ukraine Scheme, and is designed to help displaced people from Ukraine apply for visas by removing the need for applicants to be matched to a host prior to being given permission travel to the UK.
At present, new applications naming the Scottish Government as the sponsor are paused but all existing visa holders can travel and be supported as planned. Now the Scottish Government are running a new campaign to recruit potential hosts specifically in Scotland.
Could you help?
More information and to apply
If you think you can help and become a host - visit www.mygov.scot/offer-a-home to find out more information and to apply. It includes details on the checks that take place to ensure the safety of everyone involved.
For the second consecutive year, we have been awarded the 'Food for Life Served Here' Bronze award for our efforts in serving up fresh, local and sustainable school meals to pupils across our 130 primary schools and seven ASN schools.
The 'Food for Life Served Here' award is a nationally recognised mark of food quality for meals served up in schools accredited by Soil Association Scotland.
The Bronze level award certifies that Glasgow's school meals are free from trans fats, sweeteners and additives, and use free range eggs, higher welfare meat and ingredients from sustainable and ethical sources.
At least 75% of dishes served up to pupils across the city are freshly prepared from unprocessed and seasonal ingredients from local suppliers like McLays. The award also recognises Glasgow for providing pupils with the opportunity to participate in cooking and food growing activities.
Stephen Sawers, Head of Catering Facilities Management was overjoyed at the renewal of the award. He said: "Every day our hard-working staff provide healthy and nutritious food and this award is further recognition of the standard of their work across School settings. Well done to everyone who is involved."
Funded by the Scottish Government, the Food for Life Scotland programme aims to make good food the easy choice for everyone, emphasising the power of public food to have a positive impact on health, the environment and the local economy. The programme supports local authorities across the country to serve up healthier meals which are better for the environment and benefit the local economy and wider community.
Glasgow's well-established partnership with Soil Association Scotland - through the Food for Life initiative - was recently recognised at the 2022 Scottish School Food Awards with the Healthy Living Innovation Award which celebrated their achievements in encouraging pupils to eat more healthily.
Sarah Duley, Head of Food, Soil Association Scotland, said "Congratulations to Glasgow City Council for achieving their Food for Life Served Here Award for a second year."
"Achieving and maintaining the award means every primary school in Scotland's biggest city is serving food that's good for pupils' health, good for the environment and good for the local economy. With 34,000 Food for Life meals being served daily in Glasgow, this is having a huge impact. We would like to thank catering teams across the city for the determination and care they put into their work every single day, particularly within the context of the cost-of-living crisis."
Read more on our website here
Please note that the launch of buying IT equipment, which was due to start on 31 January as previously communicated in a Managers' Briefing, has been delayed. This is due to a minor process issue which is currently being worked on. You can continue to place orders using the existing process until further notice. Look out for a further update in the Staff News as to when the change to buying IT equipment through My IT will begin.
2023 UCI Cycling Esports World Championships return to Glasgow hosting a live, 'In real life' final for the first time.
The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and Zwift along with partners EventScotland, Glasgow Life and the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships, are delighted to announce that Glasgow will play host to athletes from British Cycling as they vie for the chance to win the UCI Cycling Esports World Champion's Jersey on Saturday 18 February at the 2023 UCI Cycling Esports World Championships 'In Real Life' (IRL) Final.
Kicking off from 4.30pm (doors open) with racing due to start from 6pm, audience members will have the chance to watch ten British Cycling athletes (5 men/ 5 women) take part in the 2023 UCI Cycling Esports World Championships, bridging the gap between the real-world physical efforts of the riders and the virtual race.
Standard Ticket - £30.00
Concession Ticket (Age 14-16) - £25.00
4.30pm - Doors Open
6.00pm - Racing Begins
9.30pm - Racing Expected to End
The Engine Works 23-25 Lochburn Road Glasgow G20 9AE
There are new Xerox Printers in the city centre campus - you may have already started using them.
These printers still have the same benefits as before such as staff being able to login and retrieve printing from any council device. However, in addition to this you can now use your council ID badge to login to the printer as well as your network login.
Read our getting started top tips guide for staff here.
The council has accepted an award of over £3.2 million for 11 community projects across the city from the Scottish Government's Place Fund.
The Place Fund is a Scottish Government capital fund for local authorities to allocate - working collaboratively with local communities, businesses and the third sector - to develop projects that support shared local plans and aspirations under a variety of themes.
These themes include: 20-minute neighbourhoods; town centre regeneration; community-led regeneration and community wealth building; achieving net zero; food inclusion; and well-being and inclusive economic development.
The latest funding will support 11 projects in Glasgow, including The Braes Shopping Centre in Castlemilk, Bridgeton Library and the North West Community Pantry Allotment Development.
As Ewan Curtis, Group Manager, City Regeneration in NRS explains: "The Place Fund allocation is a crucial part of the regeneration of the city and allows both the council and third sector organisations to deliver small but meaningful interventions around the city - improving infrastructure and public realm, increasing access to affordable food, and contributing to greenspace and sustainability. The projects it supports make a direct difference to people's lives and communities."
For a list of all projects included click here.
If you live or work in the North East, North West or South of the city would you consider giving up an hour of your week to help mentor a young person? MCR Pathways are looking for more volunteers in these areas, particularly the North East where demand is high, to join their programme and give a young person a little extra support.
Paul O' Grady, Architect at Neighbourhood Regeneration Services has been mentoring for four years and would encourage anyone considering it to get involved "Initially I wasn't sure I could be a mentor. I thought it would help to be really chatty, which I'm not - so I thought that might be awkward. It turns out, it wasn't at all. The matching system works really well and means you're paired with a young person you can support and get on with. Whether it's the same hobbies or career interests, you connect quickly.
"I've been a mentor to three different young people now, and it's been a rewarding experience each time. It isn't about tutoring them academically. It's much more about just listening, and sharing life experiences.
"I choose to keep coming back because it's great to see these young people get where they want to go. I genuinely feel that I get something out of it too. It gives me real satisfaction.
"There's great initial support, and there's a school coordinator always available to check in or to give you ideas. I've learned a lot from these young people, and you will too. You just need to try it and see that you can overcome any worries you might have. It's easy not to do it, but keeping going really gives you a good sense of fulfilment."
Find out more...
If you would like to find out more about becoming a mentor, MCR Pathways are running 30 minute information sessions to tell you everything you need to know before signing up. The sessions take place on:
To book your place in one of these sessions email email@example.com at least two days in advance.
We need you...
Our Glasgow City Council Step Count Challenge has come to an end, and we would like to thank all of our participants and congratulate everyone who took part!
We hope all our participants have enjoyed keeping active and staying connected over the last 6 weeks - and that everyone has enjoyed hearing our updates on the challenge.
Our 33 teams who took part have recorded an amazing 59,418,345 steps overall. That is 24,758 miles, which is about as long as the circumference of the Earth! Overall, participants have help to save an estimated 1,204kg carbon!
We are very excited to share our Team Winners of the challenge!
Congratulations to team Wrong Direction who won first place, coming in at the top of the leader board with an incredible 3,876,774 steps. The team have won a £100 Glasgow Loves voucher to enjoy.
Congratulations to team Technical Trekkers who were leading the way throughout the challenge and have won second place with an incredible 3,822,758 steps. The team have won £75 Glasgow Loves Voucher to enjoy.
Congratulations to team Gary and the Pacemakers who put amazing efforts in, coming third place with an incredible 3,509,337 steps. The team have won £50 Glasgow Loves Voucher to enjoy.
Everyone who took part in the challenge helped to reach our amazing Step Count and should be proud of their achievements, we couldn't have done it without you!
We hope this has been a fun activity to take part in, bringing us together and keeping our mind and body active and healthy.
As proud partner of the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships, we're delighted to support the ticket presale launch scheduled for February 2023. This is the only way to ensure you don't miss out on the unique opportunity to see heroes of BMX, Mountain Bike, Road and loads more when Scotland welcomes the world in 2023.
Our ticketing plans for the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships are gathering pace. Making sure you don't miss out is to make sure you, your friends and family are all signed up to ticket alerts on our website!
So, what are you waiting for?
Embrace the #PowerOfTheBike and register now!
Register for ticket alerts at http://bit.ly/3FcAyly
As COVID-19 and flu can spread more in winter, it's important to do the things that help to keep everyone safe.
The Scottish Government's Stay Well This Winter campaign has been developed to remind and encourage us to follow key safety behaviours during winter.
To help reduce pressure on the NHS and our hospitals you are reminded to:
Visit www.gov.scot/staywell for the latest advice
From the end of this month the process for buying IT equipment is changing, you will no longer be able to submit email requests to CGI. Instead, all purchase requests should be made to CGI through My IT. As part of the new process, you will also be required to obtain financial approval before submitting the order to CGI. The financial approver will only be able to approve the purchase if an appropriate budget code is provided.
Graham Richardson, Service Delivery Manager said "The new process for buying IT equipment is more streamlined and aims to reduce any delays that users may currently experience. My IT also has the additional benefit of allowing users to see and request any updates regarding the progress of their order.
"The process will be slightly different for Education staff as they currently don't have access to My IT, but they will still follow an updated process. It is vital that staff who are responsible for ordering IT equipment familiarise themselves with the new process as from 31 January any requests submitted to CGI by email will be rejected."
Find out more about the new process for buying IT equipment.
GLASGOW CODE LEARNING
Glasgow Life's 'Glasgow Code Learning' programme offers a range of courses to the public that support basic digital skills through to advanced professional qualifications that can help learners get into a career in Digital. The courses, delivered in partnership with Clyde College, are free and typically last between 9-12 weeks.
As part of the contract the council has with CGI, the community benefits fund has provided funding to Glasgow Life to allow them to offer more courses to Glasgow's citizens. In the last year this funding has helped Glasgow Code Learning to support over 200 people to gain SQA accredited qualifications in software development, web design, or cyber security. Funding has been extended for a period of three years till March 2025.
Neil Paterson, Service Development Manager at Glasgow Life said: "The funding secured by the SIIT team has been invaluable in helping us grow. Our flexibly delivered courses and the additional support we offer to our learners help them to access truly life-changing opportunities and all this is only possible through the support we get from our funders."
The range of subjects on offer means that there's a course to suit everyone, whatever point in their career. For staff looking to enhance their skills in their current roles, Glasgow Code Learning helps learners earn qualifications quickly, while rolling start dates mean that it's never too long before the next course starts. Find out more at: https://www.glasgowlife.org.uk/libraries/glasgow-code-learning
Glasgow Life delivers innovative cultural and sporting programmes and events that improve the mental, physical, and economic wellbeing of Glasgow.
They have created a series of short films to show the positive impacts we have on Glasgow's citizens and visitors because everyone deserves a great Glasgow life. You'll also find information on their full range of programmes and how their work improves lives.
The Scottish Government has launched a campaign to celebrate the exceptional gift of living kidney donation, and to remind people of the vital role it plays in increasing donation and transplantation rates in Scotland.
This campaign aims to celebrate the exceptional gift of living kidney donation.
Living kidney donation plays a vital role in increasing donation and transplantation rates in Scotland, with a kidney from a living donor generally offering the best outcomes for patients in need of a transplant.
Living kidney donation is an exceptional gift that can transform and save lives. Over 1,500 people in Scotland have helped others by donating a kidney, since the first pioneering surgery took place in Edinburgh over 60 years ago.
There are 400 people in Scotland waiting for a kidney transplant at any one time. Although Scotland has an opt out system of deceased organ and tissue donation, continued awareness of the role living donation plays in improving transplant numbers is needed.
There are two types of living kidney donation:
A kidney from a living donor generally offers the best outcomes for patients living with kidney failure who need a transplant. A healthy person can live a completely normal life with one working kidney, and people can donate to a loved one in need or can donate altruistically to a stranger on the waiting list who is a match.
To find out more about living donation, visit https://www.organdonation.scot/living-donation
Clyde Metro has been confirmed as a priority for future investment following a key Scottish Government transport review.
The mass transit plan represents a multi-£billion investment which over 30 years could better connect more than 1.5 million people to employment, education and health services in and around our city.
Playing a pivotal role in the lead up to the Scottish Government's announcement has been the work of a council-led Metro Feasibility Study project team, tasked on behalf of Glasgow City Region to look at a metro opportunity and its benefits.
Harjinder Gharyal, Divisional Director, Neighbourhoods, Regeneration and Sustainability said: "The main objective of the feasibility study was to help secure Clyde Metro as a future Scottish Government investment priority, so I am naturally delighted with the recent announcement.
"Since 2020, council staff with expertise across a range of specialisms including transport, sustainability, and planning have collaborated with representatives from the NHS and Glasgow Airport to map out the transformative potential of Clyde Metro, whilst complementing and supporting the work of Transport Scotland and others.
"Clyde Metro can help Glasgow achieve its sustainability goals whilst also providing a modern, safe, affordable and integrated public transport system that will benefit our city and the wider region."
The recent Scottish Government appraisal informs transport investment in Scotland for the next 20 years. You can read more about what this appraisal says about Clyde Metro by reading the Strategic Transport Projects Review.
The council's Metro team will continue to work with others, including Transport Scotland on the continued development of Clyde Metro. A Delivery Plan from the Scottish Government on the transport recommendations made, will follow later this year.
For one-week last month, plain clothed council officers joined an array of other Glasgow partners to tackle local environmental issues, like dog fouling, in the Cranhill area.
A rolling programme of 'Weeks of Action' is cleaning up communities across the city and areas which have already benefited include Craigend, Govan and Hillhead.
This particular Week of Action took place from Monday 28 November and saw undercover enforcement officers out and about, in Cranhill, to collar dirty dog owners who failed to pick up their pets' poo - alongside dedicated teams tackling fly-tipping, clearing land and removing graffiti.
The project is part of the council fly-tipping initiative to target hot spot areas across the city - based on complaints from NRS Performance and Management Unit, Community Councils and Councillors.
During this week, the co-ordinated partnership approach, saw a total of 13 identified streets within the Cranhill area receive a deep clean. The programme helps to promote and reinforce locally in our communities our Cleaner Glasgow Strategy - of Education, Enforcement, Engagement and Enhancement. It also empowers NRS teams to deliver essential services in a sustainable, innovative, and efficient way getting our communities involved.
Ryan Noble, Neighbourhood Coordinator, NRS explains: "I was given an opportunity to interact with 12 key partners to make a difference to the cleanliness of areas in Glasgow as part of the Clean Glasgow Strategy. During the week inconsiderate dog owners, who failed to bag it and bin it, faced fixed penalty notices of £80. Community Payback teams also joined us in the local clean-up and Scottish Fire and Rescue were on hand to offer fire safety advice to local residents."
During the week, NRS staff and city partners all worked together to clear weeds, cut back shrubbery on public land, sweep streets, repair street lights, refresh road markings, tackle fly tipping and remove graffiti. Local residents were also out and about supporting the week's activities with a community litter-pick led by Cranhill Development Trust and our own Clean Glasgow Team.
Ryan continues: "It really was a massive team effort. Being able to take part in these hands-on tasks made me feel that as a council officer, I was really making a difference for the citizens of Glasgow.
"Thank you to all the following Glasgow Partners and NRS teams who worked hard to deliver this coordinated crackdown."
Those involved included:
Last week we let you know that annual leave quotas, for the current calendar year 2023, have not been populated in My Portal - due to ongoing technical work. This means that you are presently unable to submit annual leave requests for 2023 using My Portal.
CGI are currently working to update My Portal and we will inform you once this exercise has been complete.
Staff with a residual entitlement from 2022 can still request this via My Portal up to and including 31 January 2023.