Llangadog Community Council

 

Council Training Policy

 

LLANGADOG COMMUNITY COUNCIL

COMMUNITY TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT PLAN 2022/2023

1. INTRODUCTION

The Council has a statutory duty under Section 67 of the Local Government and Elections (Wales) Act 2021 to make and publish a Training and Development Plan, setting out what it proposes to do to address the training needs of its Councillors and staff.

The purpose of the training plan is designed to ensure that collectively, Councillors and staff, posses the knowledge and awareness needed to operate effectively.

This training plan will allow training to be planned in a proportionate way, considering factors such as the activities undertaken by the Llangadog Community Council, what expertise the current Councillors and Clerk currently have, and identify and training and development needs required to carry out their roles. The Training Plan must be made within three months after each Ordinary Election of Community Councillors to the Council.

 

2. TRAINING PLAN for COUNCILLORS / CLERKS / RFOs

The core areas which all County Councillors must ensure they have sufficient skills and understanding are:

•  Basic Induction for Councillors

•  The code of Conduct for members of local authorities in Wales

•  Financial Management and Governance

One Voice Wales provides a monthly training programme which the Clerk forwards via email to all Councillors. Councillors are to identify their training needs and to contact the Clerk to book the training / event(s). Councillors may identify other training opportunities which will be considered carefully by the Council based on relevance and cost.

All Councillors should familiarise themselves with “The Good Councillors Guide” which is published by the Welsh Government

Councillors must undertake the Code of Conduct Training at least once during their role as Community Councillor.

To ensure that the Clerk / RFO has sufficient skills and understanding to enable them to work effectively within their role. As the Clerk require an understanding of all areas, training / courses can be completed vi the SLCC website, these being:

•  ILCA – Introduction to Local Council Administration Course.

•  FILCA – Financial Introduction to Local Council Administration Course.

Clerk training will mainly be delivered by the Society of Local Council Clerks (SLCC) as sector specific training.

 

3. In addition to these areas, Councils may consider if there are any new challenges and opportunities to explore, in which case, there may be new skills for Councillors and Clerks to attain.

 

4. An initial training assessment has been completed to ensure that the current Councillors have the essential skills and to be published on 5th November 2022.

 

5. The Training needs for the Council are set out in the table below (Training needs 1-5 = 1 Desirable to 5 Crucial):

 

 

WHAT

WHO

HOW

TRAINING NEEDS

1-5

EST. DELIVERY DATE

Basic Induction

New and Returning Councillors

Council Staff

4

When required

New Councillor Induction

New Councillors

One Voice Wales

5

When required

Code of Conduct

All Councillors

One Voice Wales

5

By 31st March 2023

Local Government Finance

All Councillors/ Clerk

One Voice Wales

4

By 31st March 2023

Planning Aid Wales

Chair and Vice Chair

Planning Aid Wales or other

4

By 31st March 2023

The Council as an Employer

New and Returning Councillors

One Voice Wales

1

As and when required

Continuous Professional Development

Clerk / RFO

Clerk / RFO

2

On going

ILCA / FILCA

Clerk / RFO

Clerk / RFO

5

Within 4 months (February 2023)