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How to become a county councillor

Training and development

Regardless of the skills and attributes you bring , it’s likely you'll have a lot to learn about the workings of local government.

Don’t worry, we'll support you through an induction programme and ongoing development plans to make sure you have the skills and training you need to fulfil your role as a councillor.

Some training will be compulsory depending on the roles you undertake but most training will be available to all councillors regardless of role.

Some examples of training we organise include:

  • meetings procedures
  • code of conduct
  • committee-based training
  • corporate parenting and safeguarding children
  • chairing and facilitation skills
  • IT training
  • the role of scrutiny

All councillors are also automatically entitled to free training and development courses from regional and national bodies, while all Councillors can access the Local Government Association’s free e-learning platform.

If you're elected as a representative of a national political party, they'll also provide training courses.

You'll receive regular updates and information about training opportunities and will be able to choose courses you think will help you develop in your councillor role.

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