Last month in ENews we gave you an ‘early reminder’ if you are considering approaching TRA for post-election Member training. Since then, dates have started to get booked up, especially in the two weeks immediately following the elections.
With our large team of experienced presenters we shouldn’t have a problem accommodating dates towards the end of May and June, at this stage. We would however, certainly recommend that you get in touch as soon as possible, especially if you have a preferred date(s) in order to avoid disappointment.
TRA has trained Councillors in over 250 authorities across the UK. We can respond to various training requirements, providing individual bespoke sessions as appropriate, but particularly popular in the post-election period are our one-day sessions:
- A Briefing on Planning for Councillors (two presenters) – covering planning procedures and policies, and focusing especially on Development Management
- The Role of Councillors in Planning: propriety and good practice (two presenters) - covering issues such as conflicts and declarations of interest, material considerations, lobbying, and making the decision
- A Planning workshop for Councillors (one presenter) – this session combines elements from both of the above workshops to give a broad overview of planning and a Councillor’s role.
A mixture of pre-prepared case studies and practical exercises are used during the sessions to help highlight key points and give the training a stronger impact.
If the time commitment for Councillors is a major consideration we can also offer shorter sessions (3 hours) with flexible timings during a morning, afternoon or evening. These sessions are essentially shortened versions of the above Briefing on Planning or Role of Councillors one-day workshops and are delivered by one presenter.
For those authorities who don’t have elections, and where Councillors have already undertaken basic training, we are able to conduct more detailed sessions on specific aspects of planning. These are mainly half-day "modules" with a single presenter. Topics include specialist aspects of planning and updates on policy, procedure and good practice, a full list can be found on our website.
The Training for Councillors section of our website provides further information and answers the most frequently asked questions. If you are interested in the possibility of arranging a training session and would like any additional information, such as an outline programme, please feel free to contact Angela Holmes.