OALC Training Programme for 2017

 

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

Please submit your booking 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

20th September 2017

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 6th September 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.

* LOCAL COUNCILS AND CHARITIES: ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Wednesday 18th October 2017
Civic Hall, Britwell Road, Didcot OX11 7JN

10am – 12.30pm
(Registration and refreshments from 9.30a.m.)

This training has been devised to answer some of the questions we are frequently asked about charities, the relationship between the parish council and village charities and the different types of trustees. Topics covered will include:

Tessa Hennessy, solicitor, specialises in charity law and social enterprises with a wide range of clients in the third sector.

This event is planned to support a better informed working relationship between local councils and trustees of local charitable assets. We hope that councillors spread the word and encourage trustees from their local charity such as the Village Hall or Playing Field to book a place too.

Commencing at 9.30am for 10.00am and finishing by 12.30pm the cost is £35 +VAT for delegates from an OALC member council. Representatives of trustees which are members of OPFA, CFO or are accompanying an OALC member pay the non-member rate. Non-OALC 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 6th October 2017

 

* VAT

Wednesday 15th November 2017

Civic Hall, Britwell Road, Didcot OX11 7JN

10am – 1pm
(Registration and refreshment from 9.30am)

Steve Parkinson, independent local council finance and VAT expert, will deliver this training which will provide a general introduction to VAT. It is aimed at clerks but if councillors wish to come too then they would be welcome. Topics covered will include:

Commencing at 10am and finishing at 1pm the cost per delegate is £35 +VAT for member councils. Non-member councils will be charged £70+VAT. Refreshments 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 1st November 2017.

 

* MINUTES AND AGENDAS: A GUIDE TO GOOD PRACTICE

Wednesday 6th December 2017

Woodgreen Offices, West Oxfordshire District Council, Witney, OX28 1NB

10am – 1pm (Refreshments and registration available from 9.30 a.m.)

This training course presented by Keith Butler, Head of Democratic Services at West Oxfordshire District Council, will provide a concise overview of minuting issues and good practice pointers including agendas and meeting procedures. Whilst it will be particularly beneficial to new clerks, all clerks and councillors are welcome to attend to brush up their knowledge and procedures.

Commencing at 10am and finishing at 1pm the cost is £35 +VAT for delegates from member councils. Delegates from non-member councils will be charged £52.50 +VAT.

Please complete and return the booking form as soon as possible but certainly no later than 11th November.

 

*HOW LOCAL COUNCILS FIT INTO THE PLANNING SYSTEM: EFFECTIVE RESPONSES TO PLANNING APPLICATIONS

Wednesday 13th December 2017

Committee Rooms 1 and 2, Woodgreen Office, West Oxfordshire District Council, Witney OX28 1NB
10a.m. – 1p.m.
(Refreshments available from 9.30 a.m.)

This half day training event for clerks and councillors has been specially designed for member councils who want to respond appropriately to planning applications which come before them.

Phil Shaw and Cheryl Morley from West Oxfordshire District Council will lead the training. They will give a general overview of how parish councils fit into the planning system and practical advice on how to respond to typical planning applications with worked examples.

Commencing at 9.30am for 10am and finishing at 1pm the cost is £35 + VAT for each delegate from a member council. Non-member councils will be charged £70.00 + VAT for the each delegate. Refreshments 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 1st December 2017.

 

 

CiLCA 2013

The 2013 version of the Certificate in Local Council Administration (CiLCA), the statutory qualification for local council clerks, has now closed and all new students will now be studying through the latest revised scheme, known as CiLCA 2015.

 

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? Please note all submissions for Cilca with effect from June 2017 will only be accepted via EMME on line submission.

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 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 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 £250 + VAT for member Councils or £500 VAT for non -members.

All sessions will take place at Wallingford, OX10 OEG starting 29th Septemeber 2017

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

Please contact us for more details.

 

 

National Training Strategy's Good Councillors Guide - 2017

This publication is available in the Members Area of this website

good councillors guide 2017

Printed 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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Look on the NALC website for national events:

1. Monday 30th October NALC ANNUAL CONFERENCE

NALC’s Annual Conference and Exhibition 2017 is an essential event for councillors, council officers, county association members and officers as local councils join with other parts of the public sector (including the government and principal authorities), private sector and voluntary sector to discuss the key policy issues of the moment. The important themes will centre on partnership working, local economic development, sustainability, health and well being, housing and planning, openness and transparency. This brilliant two-day event will celebrate NALC being 70 years old and our wonderful Star Council 2017 award winners. Further, by holding it in Milton Keynes, we can make it a double birthday party with the city being 50 years old this year too. Simply put, this conference is too important to miss out on if you want to keep up-to-date, informed and influence all that is happening in our sector. Last year we had 250 delegates,

 

2. Wednesday 13th December NALC LARGER COUNCILS CONFERENCE

NALC’s Making Local Economic Growth Work conference and exhibition is an essential event for councillors, council officers (including clerks, responsible financial officers, town centre managers and events and public relations officers), and county association members to join with other parts of the public sector (including the government and principal authorities), the private sector and the voluntary sector to discuss the key policy issues around local economic development and growth. If your council represents 6000 or more residents you will definitely want to attend, and if you’re getting close to this size, you should begin thinking about the issues to be discussed at this conference.

The important themes for this one-day event will centre on local economic development, community led housing and planning, accessing funds and grants and the well being of communities.

The conference focuses on what local councils can do to create dynamic environments that encourage local economic growth to thrive and succeed. You will learn how to be ‘place shapers’ bringing the private, voluntary and public sectors together to bring about positive economic change for local people.

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