OALC Training Programme for 2017

 Top ten tips on why training is important for staff and councillors too:

1.         Training encourages good habits in your staff and councillors and encourages them to produce their best work.

2.         Training employees enables your council to maintain services to your community. The cost of losing an employee in the first year can be up to three times the person’s salary.

3.         Introducing a training culture will develop a strong skill base for your council. 40% of employees who receive poor job training leave their positions within the first year.

4.         Training existing and new staff and councillors will increase productivity. Staff who believe they are valued enough for you to invest in developing their skills are likely to stay longer.

5.         Help officers and councillors meet new responsibilities. Untrained and under-qualified employees need to be constantly supervised, which takes time and effort from more senior staff. Those hours could be put to more productive use if you train your employees so they become better skilled and independent.

6.         Increase safety and decrease work-related injury/illness.

7.         Increase job satisfaction, morale and motivation. It tells them you are committed to their development and that there space for them to grow.

8.         Enhance council image and reduce need for supervision. Training your staff sends a positive message to your community.

 

From April 2017 OALC will be introducing on line booking for training courses, we will no longer accept paper or telephone bookings after that date

 

Our training courses are becoming increasingly popular and are often fully booked well in advance.

Please submit your bookings as soon as you can. Send the booking form, either by post or preferably scan it and attach to an email, together with a cheque or notification of a BACS payment (please clearly reference which course and which council) to OALC. A telephone booking needs to be followed promptly by the paperwork.

 

 

* ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES - WORKING ON YOUR COUNCIL FULLY BOOKED but there is another session on 20th September

Wednesday, 15th March 2016

Civic Hall, Britwell Road, Didcot OX11 7JN

10am - 3pm

Registration and refreshment from 9.30am

An introduction for new councillors and clerks Parish and town councils play a vital role in representing the interests of the communities they serve and improving the quality of life for local people. This one day course will outline the roles and responsibilities of clerks and councillor so that they can work together effectively. It will also provide an introduction to law and procedure for local councils.

.Topics covered will include –

Commencing at 10am and finishing at 3pm the cost per delegate is £65 +VAT for member councils. Non-member councils will be charged £130+VAT.  Refreshments, lunch and a briefing pack are included in the cost.

Please complete and return the booking form as soon as possible but certainly no later than 9 February 2016.

Please note that unless a minimum of 30 delegate bookings are received by the above date the event will not take place, in which case all booking fees will be returned in full.

 

*GETTING TO GRIPS WITH LOCAL COUNCIL FINANCE

Wednesday 19th April 2017

 Civic Hall, Britwell Road, Didcot OX11 7JN

10am - 3pm

An introduction to procedures and responsibilities A training event presented by Steve Parkinson, former Town Clerk and SLCC VAT Adviser. This course is aimed at clerks, councillors and responsible financial officers as well as those undertaking the Certificate in Local Council Administration. It will offer an opportunity for everyone to update their knowledge of financial responsibilities and procedures and is based on the guidance contained in Governance & Accountability for Local Councils – A Practitioners Guide (England). Topics covered will include:

Commencing at 9.30am for 10.00am and finishing at 3pm the cost is £65 +VAT for delegates from a member council. Non-member councils will be charged £130 +VAT for each delegate. Refreshments, lunch and a briefing pack are included in the cost.

Please complete and return the booking form as soon as possible but certainly no later than 27th March 2017

Please note that unless a minimum of 30 delegate bookings are received by the above date the event will not take place, in which case all booking fees will be returned in full.

 

* SOCIAL MEDIA FOR LOCAL COUNCILS

Wednesday 17th May 2017

 Civic Hall, Britwell Road, Didcot OX11 7JN

10am - 1pm

The legal framework, case studies from councils and website suppliers . A half day training event which looks at the practicalities of websites and social media for councils and the legal framework as well. Liz Howlett, solicitor will outline the different types of media and what councils need to consider when using them, two councils will present case studies on how they use social media. The last session will be the legal framework within which councils must work as well as the Transparency Code.

We will invite companies which specialise in websites for town and parish councils to come and show their products too.

Commencing at 9.30am for 10.00am and finishing by 1pm the cost is £35 +VAT for delegates from a member council. Non-member councils will be charged £70 +VAT for each delegate. Tea and coffee and a briefing pack are included in the cost.

Please complete and return the booking form as soon as possible but certainly no later than 24th April 2017

Please note that unless a minimum of 30 delegate bookings are received by the above date the event will not take place, in which case all booking fees will be returned in full.

*CLERKS YEAR

Tuesday 27th June 2017

 Civic Hall, Britwell Road, Didcot OX11 7JN

10am- 3pm

This course is aimed at clerks and will be particularly relevant to clerks of smaller parishes who work on their own. It will be especially useful to all newly appointed clerks.

This one day course will outline the essential work a clerk has to complete throughout the year, so that they can work effectively and efficiently. A timetable of annual key tasks will be discussed which will form the basis of your work programme for the year.

Topics covered will include –

• Key dates and actions for the year. What needs to be done and when?
• What are the responsibilities of the clerk during the year?
• What is the role of the Chairman throughout the year?
• The Council’s responsilbities throughout the year.
• What policies and documents should be reviewed during the year and when?
• What is good governance and how to achieve it?

The course will include a number of workshops.

The cost per delegate is £65 +VAT for member councils. Non-member councils will be charged £130+VAT. Refreshments, lunch and a briefing pack are included in the cost.

Please complete and return the booking form as soon as possible but certainly by 1st June 2017.

 

 

 

CiLCA 2015NTS logo

Are you thinking of undertaking the CiLCA 2015 Professional qualification?

If so, do you know that OALC offer a mentoring scheme to support you while you build your portfolio?

Trish Ingham delivers our  mentoring scheme for Clerks (or Assistant Clerks or RFOs ) who are about to register for the CiLCA 2015 with SLCC. Trish is not only our locum she is CiLCA qualified and has 8 years’ experience as Town Clerk and RFO. She is also an experienced Internal Auditor.

The mentoring programme Trish will be delivering will consist of 16 hours spread over 8 to 9 months.  There will be an introductory hour and a half which will be supplementary to the main programme and this will be followed by 8 two hourly mentoring sessions (usually one per month) at which a review will be taken of your portfolio work so far and agreement on the work to be completed for the next mentoring session. This work will then culminate in a review of the whole portfolio before submission.

The Introductory session was on Friday September 23rd 2016 and the sessions for the next 8 months (none in December) will be held on the last Friday of the month and will be booked in advance.

The introductory session will be for all candidates and the mentoring sessions themselves will be for two- three students, as we have found that students seem to enjoy working with each other and discussing ideas.

The cost for this will be £200 + VAT for member Councils or £300 VAT for non -members.

All sessions will take place in the OALC office at Wallingford, Town Hall, Market Place, Wallingford OX10 OEG

CiLCA 2015 must be completed a year after registration and we offer this support to encourage candidates to complete the portfolio within the year

The 2016 intake is now closed but if you are interested in a possible fast track mentoring in Spring, please contact the OALC office. We are reviewing the cost and location of mentoring sessions for the 2017 sessions. Please contact us for more details.

 

 

National Training Strategy's Good Councillors Guide - 2016

This publication is available in the Members Area of this website

good councillors guide 2016Printed copies are available from OALC cost £3 + £1.20 postage and packing and VAT

 

Introduction to Local Council Administration (ILCA)NTS logo

Being better informed means a saving of time for both the Clerk and the Council. Relevant and practical learning make this course a tool-kit for anyone who is:

This course will also put you into a better position to tackle the Cilca qualification earlier and more confidently.

The on-line course consists of five modules and is password protected. More details are available on the SLCC website


Forthcoming events organised by other organisations

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