Training Events

We offer training programmes developed to address the unique needs of the professional clerk, and to support new councillors through to the experienced chairman.

We will be pleased to discuss the provision of a specially tailored programme for your council. Contact us for more information.

This page is regularly updated with new training sessions, so remember to check back often.

Foundation training for councillors

These are essential, basic training events run throughout the year that all members of the council should attended. Refresher training is also recommended.

Intermediate training for councillors

Sessions run throughout the year for the more experienced councillors and those who want to keep learning.

Specialist training for councillors and clerks

Specialist and occasional training sessions delivered for SALC  by external training providers.

Foundation training for clerks and council staff

These essential training sessions run throughout the year and cover the basic procedural and governance information we should all know, but sometimes forget. The sessions are aimed at new clerks and those more experienced clerks in need of a refresher. Deputy clerks and RFOs would also benefit from attending.  

Health and Wellbeing Training

Member and non-member councils are welcome to attend FREE health & wellbeing training sessions about the basics of energy advice, climate change, emotional resilience, and a whole lot more!

Networking event: learn about SALC's grants funding programme 16/05/23

FREE hybrid event open to all parish and town councils across Somerset that aims to bring councils together to share and develop ideas and collaborations for fundable projects in the areas that help us live, eat, work, and learn well. On booking, please state whether you will join in person or require a Teams link.

Certificate in Local Council Administration (CilCA):

CiLCA is a 12-month self-directed online course awarded at Level 3 of the National Qualifications Framework. It tests for a broad knowledge of all the aspects of a clerk’s work – roles and responsibilities, the law, procedures, finance planning and community involvement. Having a CiLCA qualified Clerk will help towards a council gaining the General Power of Competence and achieving the Quality or Quality Gold level in the Local Council Award Scheme.

SALC runs CiLCA support training events throughout the year. The price of the support training does not cover the cost of registering for the qualification, which is administered by the Society of Local Council Clerks. Attendees should have at least six months (preferably 12 months) experience and have undertaken basic knowledge training, such as the SALC Essential Clerk sessions, before starting.

Externally Provided Training

SALC is pleased to work with external training providers who offer a range of learning opportunities to help local councils in Somerset develop and take-on a leadership role in our local communities.

Breakthrough Communications

We are pleased to work with Breakthrough Communications to offer a range of training session to help councils improve internal and external communications.

NALC Nimble e-modules

A series of online learning modules for councillors and staff, which include 4 bespoke e-learning modules created specifically as part of the civility and respect project. All modules cost £16 per person.

Spark Somerset

Online and classroom-based training sessions to the voluntary and community sector in the South Somerset, Mendip, and Sedgemoor area.

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