Local Councils (Parish and Town Councils) can be baffling. Understanding how they work and your role and responsibilities is not always easy. This induction course explains the legal framework giving you the confidence to take a full part in your Council and make a difference in your local area. 


This course is recommended for all clerks and councillors who are either new to the role or would like to update their understanding.


By the end of this induction course you will:


  • Have a good understanding of your role as a councillor or clerk and the context in which you operate

  • Know the rules of what you must, or must not do, as a council, councillor/staff member, employer

  • Understand the legislative and regulatory framework for councils, which will help you stick to the rules

  • Understand more about meetings, protocols and the importance of good governance

Course content


  • Understanding local government and how parish and town councils fit into the bigger picture

  • Understanding the roles and responsibilities of key people on the council 

  • Guardian of the public purse: Finance, budget setting and the precept

  • Powers and duties available

  • What to expect from meetings

  • A look at standing orders and other key documents

  • Employing staff

  • Understanding the code of conduct and declaration of interests

  • The council’s role in planning consultations


When & where

Thursday 5 & Friday 6 November 2020 from 10 am - 12 pm held online (2-part online course)

Wednesday 18 & Thursday 19 November 2020 from 7 - 9 pm held online (2-part online course) - fully booked

Wednesday 13 & Thursday 14 January 2021 from 7 - 9 pm held online (2-part online course)


£40 for subscribers (20% discount)
£50 for non-subscribers


Sara Campbell - mid-November and January courses

Luisa Cantera - Early Novmber course


Average satisfaction rating for the 13 induction courses held in 2019 was 98%.


Course fee includes a course pack.


Clerks can gain 2 CPD points from attending this course.

Excellent, very informative, well paced with good opportunity for questions and helpful use of examples and handouts provided for future reference - Councillor

Excellent, fab and actually better than I thought!  Really enjoyed it and excited to put into practice everything I have learnt - Clerk

A must for all new councillors and clerks - Councillor

Well organised. A must for new councillors - Councillor

Very easy to follow and keep up.  Trainer answered all questions clearly and delivered a large level of understanding.  Highly recommended - Clerk

Useful on format/admin and powers and duties - Councillor

Excellent session.  The tutor die a great job in going through very useful information in a clear and straightforward way - Councillor

Concise and useful to somebody new to the role - Administrative assistant

Comments from attendees at our 2019 induction courses

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Details of our booking process, payment and cancellation policy can be found on the Training page.

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