Purleigh Parish Council is committed to ensuring its staff and Councillors are appropriately trained and kept up to date with the requirements of new legislation by identifying training needs and providing sufficient resources for its provision.


Training will:

bullet Enhance the performance of both the clerk and members
bullet Encourage innovation
bullet Provide opportunities for networking
bullet Increase skills, confidence and be intrinsically valuable




The Parish Council acknowledges that it is equally important to train both members and the clerk so that each can fulfil their roles in an efficient, effective and professional manner. Training will primarily focus on specific topics and areas of work relevant to local government, but members and the clerk will also be supported should they wish to attend other relevant training, which would enhance the discharge of their duties.


Training may include:

bullet Formal training courses (e.g. those run by the Essex Association of Local Councils (EALC), the Society of Local Council Clerks (SLCC), the Institute of Local Council Management (ILCM), the National Association of Local Councils (NALC), Maldon District Council, and those forming part of the National Training Strategy)
bullet Briefings, seminars and workshops
bullet Attendance at conferences
bullet Clerk and councillor forums




Purleigh Parish Council’s clerk is qualified, having obtained a Cert HE in Local Policy (with distinction) from the University of Gloucestershire.


The training needs of Members and the clerk will be identified through an annual appraisal, and will respond to the introduction of new legislation and the acquisition of new powers and duties. In addition, the clerk will inform Members of all relevant training opportunities such as those offered by the EALC, SLCC and NALC.


To keep up to date, the council is a member of the EALC, pays the clerk’s subscription to the SLCC and supports the clerk’s membership of the ILCM, which depends on the demonstration of her commitment to an annual programme of continuous professional development (which includes formal training, work related activities, reading and supporting others).


It is recognised that it may be difficult for some councillors to attend training during the daytime because of their work commitments. Councillors will however be encouraged to attend training at their convenience. In-house training, at a convenient time will be considered wherever possible as a more practical alternative.


New councillors will be offered training, an induction meeting with the clerk and be provided with an information pack to prepare them for their role as a parish councillor.


Similarly, a new chairman will also be offered training.




A sum will be allocated in the precept for training and the purchase of relevant books and materials.




The impact of training will be measured through the council’s service delivery and the way it conducts its business e.g.

bullet Well-chaired meetings
bullet The formulation of professional and relevant responses to planning applications and consultations
bullet Effective policies and liaison with partners
bullet Successful audits
bullet Community engagement and consultation
bullet The clerk’s continued membership of the ILCM (dependent on her Continuous Professional Development)


The effectiveness of the council’s training strategy and a summary of training received during the year will be considered by the council annually at the May meeting.