Training Modules

 

The following modules give ideas for sessions which can be adapted and tailored to your specific needs.

Governance Training for Elected Members

The following modules are ideas for topics. I am happy to adapt them into sessions which specifically fit your needs.

I can also contribute to your Induction Programme by designing bespoke sessions to address the key issues for new members, including standards, decision-making and officer/member relationships.

The session was set at the right level for those attending. It was made interesting and involved all. It encouraged thinking on wider issues to those we have encountered previously

Independent Member, Standards Committee

Approach

Whatever format you decide on for your session(s), my approach is to be interactive and inclusive. You will not get an academic or theoretical lecture – all the sessions are engaging and absolutely relevant for the participants. The Committee on Standards in Public Life, in strongly recommending early induction training for new members, said that successful training should not be “dry or compliance focussed”. Rather it should be scenario-based to enable councillors to engage. This is exactly how I work. I pride myself on councillors always enjoying the sessions but, more importantly, taking away practical learning which will immediately assist them with their roles at the council.

  1. The Training Course format suits busy councillors who might have limited time available for training. But it still includes participation by delegates and an opportunity for discussion. There is no maximum number of delegates for this format – whatever your room can comfortably accommodate!
  2. The Workshop format lends itself well to more interaction and discussion, offering opportunities for the exchange of views and specific issues to be tackled. This format needs to be run in a café/cabaret style layout to allow group discussion. I suggest a maximum number of 25 delegates to ensure full participation.
  3. The Masterclass format allows us ample time to work through practical case studies and reflect on particular topics of concern/interest. Again, this format needs a café/cabaret style layout with a maximum number of 25 delegates in small groups.

All the modules draw on the LGA Political Skills Framework, the Welsh Assembly’s statutory guidance on training and development of members and also on my practical experience of working with councils and councillors over many years.

I will deliver the sessions at your premises or at any venue which you arrange.

I can be flexible in the timings of the sessions to suit your needs and to recognise members’ work and life commitments. I am happy to run sessions in the evenings to accommodate as many members as possible.

Perfectly pitched. Great balance between theory and practice

Principal Solicitor and Deputy Monitoring Officer

Formats

I offer all the modules in three different formats (to fit a council’s requirements and available time)

  1. Training Course – a two hour session, focusing on delivering information and know how.

  2. Workshop – a half-day session with more time for questions/discussion.

  3. Masterclass – a full day session involving case studies and group discussion.

Feedback

Recent feedback from a councillor attending one of my sessions was that he had initially attended “with a heavy heart” as he had not had great experiences of previous member training. However, he described the event as “the best he had ever attended” and felt strongly that it had equipped him far better to carry out his role as a councillor.

Another councillor said that she wished she had attended the course (on outside bodies) when she was first elected as it was so important and she felt it should be compulsory for all councillors.

Political Awareness Training for Officers

Excellent delivery and really appreciated the references to personal experience and practical tips

Senior Solicitor, Metropolitan Borough Council

Approach

I will discuss with each council how they wish to approach their officer training. I can run full-day courses, or can deliver a more focused, half-day session. The longer time obviously allows more time for group discussion and engagement.

I am happy to design a programme for all officers of an appropriate seniority in a council which can be delivered over a period of time. I can also offer a module covering this topic for use in induction for senior officers – this is particularly valuable for officers coming straight into a council role from another sector who will be expected to operate immediately at a level involving interface with members.

If you are interested in my running a course for your council, please contact me.

Absolutely excellent – the discussions I wish I’d had many years ago. Re-enthused me about a local government legal career!

Legal Services Manager, District Council

Session for lawyers

I run specialist sessions for lawyers in local government. These courses cover the same ground as the modules for all local government officers (see above) but also explore and address:

  • The role of Monitoring Officer
  • Giving legal advice to members
  • Dealing with conduct and standards

I run these sessions in collaboration with Lawyers in Local Government. LLG arrange sessions on a regional basis. They bring together colleagues from a range of councils who are facing similar challenges and can provide peer support.

If you are interested in coming to one of the regional sessions for lawyers, please contact me or training@llg.org.uk

Costs

I will provide costs on application. The fixed cost quoted will include all preparation, travel, materials, presentation and post session follow up/feedback. As part of the preparation for each session (included in the cost whatever format requested) I will have a telephone call with the council’s lead officer to run through the context for the training, the desired outcomes and any specific local issues of relevance.

I am happy to discuss discounts for delivering blocks or groups of sessions, for example as part of an induction programme for newly elected councillors.

If you would like to discuss your training needs or ask for a quote for the cost of running a specific module, please call me on 07450 220158 or email me at bethan@bethanevans.co.uk.  I will get back to you within 48 hours.

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