Off To A Flying Start

Course Description

This course is a must for all new Councillors! 

It is designed to help Councillors make an early, effective and confident start to their careers as Councillors, by providing quality, constructive and participative training on the varied roles and responsibilities of members of the Council.

This is an interactive course    and offers the opportunity to network with Councillors from Councils across Northamptonshire to share best practice and ideas. 

Key areas covered in this course include:

  • A brief history of Local Government
  • Powers and duties including General Power of Competence
  • Local Government Structure nationally and locally
  • Different types of Councils
  • Roles and responsibilities within the Council 
  • The role of a Good Councillor


  • A typical Council calendar 
  • Code of Conduct
  • How to conduct Council Business 
  • Core Council documents
  • Community engagement
  • Finance
  • Planning
  • Employment Law

Course tutor

Marie Reilly 

Training Manager, Northants CALC

Marie joined the Association in 2019. Prior to that, she has worked in Learning and Development since 2014. Marie has been a parish councillor since 2018 and has had various roles on committees and working parties as well as Vice Chair to the council. She achieved Certificate in Local Council Administration (CiLCA) in 2020 and is a recognised CiLCA Trainer to the Society of Local Council Clerks (SLCC). 

Who Should Attend
This  course is suitable for new  and existing Councillors. Clerks are also welcome to attend. 

Cost  (per delegate)
£48 +VAT Members
£96 +VAT Non Members

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