Training and development

We are committed to supporting you in your role as a district councillor and we regularly organise training around key areas. You should aim to attend as many sessions as possible.

Upcoming dates for your diary

We will update this page as well as send more information to your council email about the below training sessions soon – in the meantime, please allow time for them in your diary:

  • Councillor induction dayTuesday 14 May 2019, 10am – 4pm. All new councillors are requested to attend.
  • Full council meeting and photo session – 21 May 2019 from 4.30pm. All councillors must attend.
  • Planning committee training 22 May at 6pm. All councillors must attend.
  • Overview & Scrutiny training – 29 May at 6pm. All councillors must attend.
  • Hitting the ground running: A session for newly elected councillors – run by the LGA – Wednesday 12 June, DeVere Venue, Birmingham, 10.30am – 3.30pm. Download the agenda.
  • Understanding the financial landscape – 22 July at 6pm. All councillors must attend.
  • Safeguarding and commercialisation training – 3 September at 6pm. All councillors must attend.
  • Equality and diversity training – dates TBC. You must attend this session, even if you have been to one before. More information will be sent to your council email soon.

Dates for other optional training sessions, including personal safety, social media, cyber security and a workshop to give your views on the council’s new strategic plan will be emailed to your councillor email and published to this page/Brian the council’s intranet soon.

About mandatory training sessions

You must attend the following training sessions – if you do not attend your member allowances may be affected.

1. Planning committee training – 22 May at 6pm

All councillors must attend one planning committee training session.

If you are appointed to the the planning committee you must attend a minimum of one planning training session per year. If you have any questions about the training session or refresher sessions, please email monitoringofficer@lichfielddc.gov.uk

2. Safeguarding training and guide – 3 September at 6pm

We all have a responsibility to look out for children and young people and adults at risk of abuse and neglect. Lichfield District Council has both a moral and legal obligation to ensure a duty of care for  children and adults at risk of abuse or neglect. Given our responsibilities as a District Council, the council’s role in ensuring that all children and adults at risk are protected is not always immediately apparent. However councillors and council officers go into people’s homes, where they may become concerned about the home environment or the behaviours of individuals. Please also take the time to read our safeguarding leaflet – this includes signs of abuse, who to report concerns to and information about Child Sexual Exploitation.

All councillors must attend safeguarding training, however if you are a returning councillor and attended the session in January 2019 you do not need to attend a further one this year. If you want to double check whether you attended the January sessions, please email monitoringofficer@lichfielddc.gov.uk

3. Equality & diversity training – Dates TBC

We are committed to supporting and, where possible, improving the general quality of life of the people who live in, work in and visit our district. We work to make our services available and   accessible to all, by seeking to remove barriers that may prevent certain individuals and groups from getting the services they need. We recognise and accept that people’s needs are different and will work to make our services as flexible and responsive as we can. This means that our residents, customers, contractors, partner organisations, job seekers and employees will all be treated fairly and equally, regardless of their characteristics or lifestyle. Equality and fairness are also important to us in meeting our aim to provide an inclusive, respectful and discrimination free work environment for all employees/councillors so that all our employees/councillors feel able to give their best.Please also take the time to read our equality & diversity leaflet.

All councillors must attend equality & diversity training, even if you have been before. If you have any questions about the training session or refresher sessions, please email monitoringofficer@lichfielddc.gov.uk

About other training sessions/opportunities

1. Regulatory & licensing (sub-committee – appeals and consents) committee training – committee members only

Regulatory & licensing sub committee members must attend mandatory training before hearing appeals and consents. If you are appointed to the the regulatory and licensing sub committee, you will be required to attend a training session and further details will be published to this page/sent to you soon.

If you have any questions about the training session or refresher sessions, please email monitoringofficer@lichfielddc.gov.uk.

2. Annual member training programme

Every year a training programme for members is put together – this aims to provide training and development on key issues and current topics. The plan is first presented to Employment Committee (usually in February/March) for the year ahead. Once approved by the committee, it is then published and you will receive emails telling you about the various training opportunities you can take advantage of, and these will also be published to this website and Brian (the council’s intranet).

If you have any questions about the annual member training programme, please email monitoringofficer@lichfielddc.gov.uk.

3. Regional training sessions 

West Midlands’ Employers or other local authorities will occasionally run courses on current issues and invite elected members from across the region to attend. Invitations and information will be sent to your councillor email address. The Local Government Association also run a number of workshops, often weekend residential, for specific issues, such as planning, sports development and also specific councillor roles such as cabinet members. They also run a programme for younger councillors.

For more information see the Local Government Association website, councillor development section, www.local.gov.uk/councillor-development

4. Mentors

Political group leaders have been asked to match up newly elected district councillors with experienced councillors, who can act as their mentor for the first six months, to share their knowledge and experience of life as a councillor, as well as offering advice. For more information contact your political leader.

5. E-learning & councillor workbooks

Councillors can access a range of free e-learning support via the council’s e-learning platform STEP and from the Local Government Association’s Knowledge Hub that allow you to work through at your own pace, and return to when you have the time available. The current content includes:

  • How to be an effective ward councillor
  • Facilitation and conflict resolution skills
  • Handling complaints for service improvement

To get access to the e-learning modules, please email monitoringofficer@lichfielddc.gov.uk.