Councillor Development Programme

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Councillors in St Albans City and District Council need high quality training and development to be able to carry out their roles effectively. The Council's Member Development Programme aims to equip councillors with the skills to respond to external issues such as changing societal and demographic needs, different ways in which public sector organisations work and changes in the law relating to local government. Councillors also need to be able to deal effectively with casework arising from the work they carry out as community leaders within their wards.

The Member Development Strategy

St Albans City and District Council has a Strategy in place for Member development activities. This strategy document outlines the types of training available, the methods of delivery and the proposed evaluation of the courses. All councillors, however long they have been a councillor are strongly encouraged to take part in development opportunities.

Types of Courses Available

There are a wide range of training courses and development opportunities available to councillors. The councillor development programme offers courses to councillors throughout the year. Past courses have included:

  • New Member Induction

  • Finance and Budgets

  • Planning

  • Licensing Act

  • Employment Appeals

  • Media Training

  • Community Engagement

Charter in Elected Member Development

St Albans City and District Council was successfully awarded the Charter for Elected Member Development in August 2011. The Charter consists of five main elements:

1. Commitment to Member development

2. Strategic approach to Member development

3. Member learning and development plan in place

4. Learning and development is effective in building capacity

5. Supporting councillors

More information on the charter can be found on the South East Employers website

Member Development Strategy

Member Development Strategy 2011-2014

Member Training Evaluation

The Councillor Training Programme is evaluated each year and the findings are reported to the Overview and Scrutiny (Internal Performance Committee). The report looks at attendance levels, feedback reports and the member training budget. The most recent evaluation report from July 2011 can be found below. 

Member Development Working Group

The Member Development Working Group meets quarterly to discuss member development activities and decide how the councillor development programme should progress.


The Group consists of 5 councillors:

  • Councillor Beric Read (Portfolio Holder) (Chair)
  • Councillor Annie Brewster
  • Councillor Julie Bell
  • Councillor Sheila Burton
  • Councillor Chris White

The next meeting will take place on 24th July.

Date of last review: 06 February 2013