Leaders of the two authorities came together last week to mark almost a year since the launch of Connect2Hampshire. The initiative, a collaboration between Hampshire County Council and Commercial Service Kent Limited, builds on an established agency created by Kent County Council. It enables resourcing of hard-to-recruit or very specialist roles at the same time as offering more flexible employment arrangements for some individuals, while providing a more cost-effective solution for council taxpayers.
Councillor Keith Mans, Leader of Hampshire County Council said: “Launched in April 2019, this partnership builds on Hampshire's strong track record in developing innovative shared services delivery models. Working alongside Commercial Services Kent Limited to implement Connect2Hampshire means we can better source and retain skilled, high quality, temporary agency staff across a wide and specialist range of important roles – such as social care for vulnerable adults and children – at the same time as sharing our vision and values for the public sector.”
Leader of Kent County Council, Roger Gough, said “I am delighted by the success so far, of this industry-leading joint venture between Hampshire County Council and Kent Commercial Services. This innovative partnership is a chance to share the expertise and good practice that enables public authorities to have more control of agency recruitment, which is a vital part of providing good services to our communities.”
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