Training Modules

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

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.

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. 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.

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.

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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