Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to be an experienced member to attend?

  • Any member can attend as long as they have sufficient experience to actively participate. This means that participants will need to be sufficiently involved in decision making or policy development or review within the council and leadership in the community to apply their learning to real situations.

Do I need to be ‘academic’ to participate?

  • No! This programme is very practical. You’ll need to be engaged throughout and willing to talk and listen to colleagues but the facilitators are down to earth and there is no formal written work or assessments.

Do I need to attend every session?

  • Yes. Each aspect of the course is important and each section builds on the previous element. In order to receive an ILM certificate you will need to attend each of the three modules.

How do I get the most out of the programme?

  • Be proactive, have a clear idea of what you want to achieve as a result of attending. Do you want to develop your leadership skills? If so what will you apply your new skills to? Do you have a particular challenge you need help with? What are your plans for the next year? can you refine or test them with colleagues on the programme?

The course is residential, do I need to stay over?

  • Although the official course delivery stops at the end of the day, much of the important discussion and learning continues over dinner and into the evening. Previous participants have suggested that these informal discussions and comparing practice and approaches are just as important as the facilitated sessions.

Is there much preparation for the course?

  • Not much, any pre work will only take about an hour per module and is not onerous. It’s very important however to come prepared in order to get the most out of the time with colleagues and facilitators.

How many councillors can attend from each authority?

  • This depends on overall numbers. Initially authorities are offered 2 places over both programmes. However if every council does not take up its entitlement further places will be available. Attendance will be capped at 3 - 4 councillors per authority per programme to maintain confidentiality in action learning sets. Participants nominated from National Park or Fire and Rescue authorities will also be limited if the overall participants from their home authority exceeds the maximum number.

Who pays for travel and accommodation?

  • All accommodation and meals are paid for as part of the programme. However if Councillors wish to stay on the night before the programme starts this will be billed to their authority. Authorities will be expected to pay travelling expenses.

Can I bring a partner if they pay for their accommodation?

  • Because both the formal and informal aspects of the programme are only available to members, partners are unable to attend. If a member requires assistance from a carer, they will of course be accommodated.

Who decides who will attend the programme?

  • This is a decision for the authority. Nominations are made via a nominated member services officer. Members might be nominated as a result of needs identified in their personal development review or as part of the authority’s member development strategy or following consideration by the Democratic Services Committee. Attendance can also be part of succession plans.

For more information contact: Sarah Titcombe


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