Pennsylvania’s Office of Administration has received a national award for its innovative and cost-effective employee development program, which is designed to help state agencies address workforce and succession planning.
The National Association of State Personnel Executives has awarded Pennsylvania's Emerging Leader Program with the 2013 Eugene H. Rooney Jr. Award for Innovative State Human Resources Management Program.
"Like any organization, state government needs employees who can effectively manage programs and people," Secretary of Administration Kelly Powell Logan said. "The Emerging Leader Program was created to help develop the next generation of government leaders."
Logan said about 15 percent of current state employees are eligible to retire, which represents a potentially significant loss of leadership and institutional knowledge.
"This program is an efficient, centralized solution to help address the commonwealth's workforce planning and succession challenges," Logan said.
ELP is a 10-month program that focuses on the development of character, communication skills, ethics, critical thinking, strategic planning and collaboration. Participants are nominated by their agencies, and their supervisors play an active role in the program. State employees are program instructors.
According to a press release from the state, about 140 employees have completed the program.