Training & Events

 

 "It is so helpful to hear from an expert in the field with practical advice and real sense of the consequences."  - Feedback from a recent Risk Assessment online training session

"Always good to have a refresher – there are always ways to improve your working practices & new things to learn, no matter how long you’ve been a Clerk." - feedback from recent Year End Finance training session

Due to Covid the majority of our courses will continue to be delivered on-line via Zoom. Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 20 to ensure all delegates get the opportunity to ask questions and interact with the trainer.

Please complete online booking as soon as you can, the limited places fill up quickly.

Please use the email address of the delegate (not the Clerk) so we can contact the delegate quickly if they have problems getting onto Zoom.

Booking closes one week before the event. After booking has closed the Zoom invitation, presentation and any other papers will be sent directly to the delegate. We ask the delegate to acknowledge receipt so that we are sure you will turn up. We always have a waiting list so if you don't show up you are taking a place away from someone who wants it.

Don't forget to get the member council discount by booking as a registered member council.  Telephone or email bookings will NOT be accepted.

Note to Clerk:  If you book a long way in advance please remember to note in your diary of the date and time of the session and if the place is for a councillor get them to put it in their calendar too.

 

 Please note our revised cancellation and late payment policy:

Cancellation Policy

We require a minimum of 7 days' written notice for cancellations. Where the required notice is given no charge will be incurred by the council. However, where notice is less than 7 days the full cost of the course booking will be incurred. Additionally, non-attendance without cancellation notice will incur the full cost of the course booking.

If necessary, other delegates may attend in the place of the original attendee should they be unable to attend.

As the majority of our courses are online we recognise technical difficulties may occur. It is therefore vital that if you have a problem you make contact with us immediately at info@oalc.org.uk or by phone on 0751 9367709 or 0774 6943076. Failure to make contact at the time of the course will be treated as non-attendance without notice and your council will be charged the full cost of the course.

Late payment

OALC invoices should be paid within 28 days of the invoice date. We do understand that councils usually meet monthly so authorisation for payment may take longer than 28 days. However, if payment isn’t made within 3 months from the date of invoice a late payment fee of £20 (+VAT) will be additionally invoiced to the council.

We urge all clerks to bring this information to the attention of their councillors and staff.

PARKS, PLAY AREAS AND EQUIPMENT, SPORT & FITNESS AREAS - TRAINING DAY

The training day at Great Bourton Village Hall will be a practical hands on day. It will include sessions on:Play equipment, sufaces, equipment choices, funding and specification by StreetscapeRisk management, inspections, assets and the Asset Register also insurance by Came & CoParks and Recreation Grounds, protecting & promoting them by Fields in TrustInspection regime...


Date

Wednesday 13th of July 2022

Location

The Bourtons Community Hall Main Street Great Bourton, Banbury OX17 1QU

Price per Delegate

Member Council: £110.00 + VAT
Non-Member Council: £220.00 + VAT

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES - WORKING ON YOUR COUNCIL FULLY BOOKED

This course, aimed at newly elected councillors, will be in two online (Zoom) sessions on the same day 10 - 12 and then 1 - 2.30pm.Session OneTerminologyCollective responsibilityChairing a meetingRelationshipsThe AgendaSession TwoCode of ConductDisorderly conductManaging difficult situationsPractical tipsThe training is done by Liz Howlett, solicitor, ex Monito...


Date

Wednesday 27th of July 2022

Location

Online via Zoom

Price per Delegate

Member Council: £110.00 + VAT
Non-Member Council: £220.00 + VAT

CILCA OALC MENTORING STARTS SEPTEMBER 2022

CiLCA mentoring


Date

Monday 19th of September 2022

Location

Online via Zoom

Price per Delegate

Member Council: £275.00 + VAT
Non-Member Council: £275.00 + VAT

CONDUCT ISSUES AND EMPLOYEE RELATIONS  - A HR PERSPECTIVE

Conflict between Elected Members and Employees is unfortunately not uncommon, and can be extremely disruptive to the running of the CouncilTo help Councils respond to such problem we are delivering a 60 – 90 minute interactive seminar which helps Councils to understand The need to address the poor conduct by individual CouncillorsThe potential risks to the Council of liti...


Date

Tuesday 13th of September 2022

Location

Online via Zoom

Price per Delegate

Member Council: £55.00 + VAT
Non-Member Council: £110.00 + VAT

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES - WORKING ON YOUR COUNCIL

This course, aimed at newly elected councillors, will be in two online (Zoom) sessions on the same day 10 - 12 and then 1 - 2.30pm.Session OneTerminologyCollective responsibilityChairing a meetingRelationshipsThe AgendaSession TwoCode of ConductDisorderly conductManaging difficult situationsPractical tipsThe training is done by Liz Howlett, solicitor, ex Monito...


Date

Wednesday 28th of September 2022

Location

Online via Zoom

Price per Delegate

Member Council: £110.00 + VAT
Non-Member Council: £220.00 + VAT

EMERGENCY PLANNING

Preparing for emergencies with OCC Emergency Planning Unit


Date

Monday 10th of October 2022

Location

Online via Zoom

Price per Delegate

Member Council: £5.00 + VAT
Non-Member Council: £10.00 + VAT

INTERNAL CONTROLS

This session give councillors and clerks an understanding of the need for internal controls and how they work, with practical examples and case studies. Topics include:• Roles and responsibilities• Financial risks• Purpose of internal controls• Case studies• Examples of controls• Review of internal controls By the end of Local Council Finance yo...


Date

Thursday 20th of October 2022

Location

Online via Zoom

Price per Delegate

Member Council: £55.00 + VAT
Non-Member Council: £100.00 + VAT

BUDGETING

This session is aimed at officers and councillors of parish & town councils, who are involved in preparing, approving and monitoring budgets. Run by Steve Parkinson, OALC Finance, Audit and VAT consultantTopics include:• setting a budget and precept• Contingencies and reserves • how the council tax base affects the budget • Inflation• budget monitoringBy the e...


Date

Thursday 20th of October 2022

Location

Online via Zoom

Price per Delegate

Member Council: £55.00 + VAT
Non-Member Council: £110.00 + VAT

COUNCILLOR FUNDAMENTALS

An on line training session using Zoom over two hours duration run by Kim Bedford In this session we will set the scene of local government;-Roles and responsibilities concerning the five main components of the council - Council, Councillor, Chairman, Clerk and Responsible Finance Officer (RFO) The importance of the law in meetings with an effective agenda and accurate ...


Date

Tuesday 8th of November 2022

Location

Online via Zoom

Price per Delegate

Member Council: £55.00 + VAT
Non-Member Council: £110.00 + VAT

PLANNING - HOW LOCAL COUNCILS FIT INTO THE PLANNING SYSTEM, EFFECTIVE RESPONSES TO PLANNING APPLICATIONS

Planning - How Local Councils Fit into the Planning System, Effective responses to planning applications


Date

Monday 21st of November 2022

Location

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

Price per Delegate

Member Council: £55.00 + VAT
Non-Member Council: £110.00 + VAT

Other Training Opportunities

SLCC learning pathway

 

1. Introduction to Local Council Administration (ILCA)

ILCA is an online sector specific learning tool suitable for Clerks and Councillors.

The cost is £120 + VAT. To find out more and to register go to the Society of Local Council Clerks website

The aim of the course is to provide an introduction to the work of a local council, its councillors and the clerk.  The course is in five sections:

1. The Core Roles establishes your place in local government and the duties and responsibilities of the council as a corporate body, individual councillors, the chairman and the clerk. It examines the role of the clerk more closely including the clerk as a researcher, administrator and manager. It stresses good communication skills and the use of information and communications technology.

2. Law and Procedures establishes the council’s legal framework including duties, powers and other statutory requirements. It introduces agendas, minutes, meeting procedures, and the value of standing orders, delegation and committee structures. We note election processes, the standards framework and the need to keep up to date with legislation.

3. Finance introduces the role of the Responsible Financial Officer and proper financial practices, accounts, financial procedures and accounting regulations. We consider budgeting, the precept, audits, insurance, income generation and the management of risk.

4. Management establishes the role of the council and its officers in planning, managing, funding and reviewing projects, services, assets and facilities. It provides guidance on managing staff, contracts and the performance of the council as a whole, stressing the need for on-going training and development.

5. Community is the heart of the matter. You identify community needs and plans; you engage with the planning system and get to know the community well. We introduce community representation, engagement, empowerment and support. We stress partnership working, public relations and raising the council's profile in the community.

 

 2. Financial Introduction to Local Council Administration (FILCA)

The Financial Introduction to Local Council Administration (FILCA) is a Level 2, online sector specific learning tool to support all new Responsible Financial Officers (RFO’s) in England (or officers who have a financial element to their job role). The aim of the course is to provide an introduction to council finance.

£120 + VAT for members and non-members.

 More information on this financial qualifications is on the SLCC website here https://www.slcc.co.uk/qualification/filca/ 

 

3. Certificate in Local Council Administration  (CILCA)

Are you thinking of undertaking the Certificate in Local Council Administration the recognised professional qualification? It is a (Level 3) professional qualification for Clerks, a progression on from ILCA. More information on CiLCA can be found on the SLCC website here.

The Certificate is one of the criteria required for a council to grant itself the General Power of Competence.

The CiLCA registration fee, payable to SLCC, is  £410 + VAT.   CiLCA must be completed within a year from registration.

We usually run two OALC CiLCA mentoring courses per year.  There are 4 sessions per course.  Please book your place on our website (see above). The mentoring costs £275 + VAT

 

PLEASE CONTACT OALC FOR DATES AND DETAILS OF OUR MENTORING COURSES

 

4. Community Governance

An advanced qualification for local council officers who work with local communities. The qualification has a number of benefits:

  • Unique - targeted at local council officers
  • Flexible - allows for specialist topics to be studied facilitating work-based learning
  • Part-time - allows students to get a qualification while they work and features three 24-hour study days each year
  • Supportive - student support is offered throughout the course in the form of an online learning environment, as well as a professional, experienced teaching team

Students can gain a Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE): Community Governance (Level 4), Foundation Degree: Community Governance (Level 5) or BA Hons: Community Governance (Level 6).

SLCC is providing the Community Governance course through De Montfort University (DMU).

More information here 

 

 

Qualifications aren't just for the Clerk.

The Local Council Award Scheme offers councils the opportunity to show that they meet the standards set by the sector, assessed by their peers, and to put in place the conditions for continued improvement.

The Local Council Award Scheme has been designed to both provide the tools and encouragement to those councils at the beginning of their improvement journeys, as well as promoting and recognising councils that are at the cutting edge of the sector. It is only through the sector working together to share best practice, drive up standards and supporting those who are committed to improving their offer to their communities that individual councils and the sector as a whole will reach its full potential.


The scheme was created in 2014 and is managed on behalf of local councils by the Improvement and Development Board (IDB). Councils can apply for an award at one of three levels:


* The Foundation Award demonstrates that a council meets the requirements for operating lawfully and according to standard practice.
* The Quality Award demonstrates that a council achieves good practice in governance, community engagement and council improvement.
* The Quality Gold Award demonstrates that a council is at the forefront of best practice and achieves excellence in governance, community leadership and council development.


The scheme sets out criteria to meet at each level covering selected aspects of the council’s work. Councils can seek to progress through the tiers over time thereby raising standards. Councils of any size can aspire to an award appropriate for their budget and level of activity. To support transparency, every award level has a requirement for certain information to be published online (plus some information that does not need to be published). In all instances the council confirms that the required documents, information and conditions are in place (whether published or not) by resolution in public at a full council meeting. For Quality Gold, councils also provide statements for submission to the panel demonstrating excellence in their activities. The panel may ask for additional information to check the accuracy of claims.

For more information go to the NALC website here https://www.nalc.gov.uk/our-work/local-council-award-scheme