What You Need to Know Officer Training

This informal two part (2 hours each) small-group course gives new and inexperienced members of staff (clerks, deputies, assistants) an introduction to some of the key aspects of the role and highlights many support mechanisms and signposts for further information. Just bring yourself and any questions you may already have! Topics include introduction to legislation, things to do before, during and after meetings, sharing initial experiences, problem-solving and troubleshooting, signposts and support and recommended publications.

Suitable Audience

Members of staff such as clerks, deputies, assistants. We recommend that you attend this course as soon as possible after appointment; however, it is useful to anyone who has been in post for less than a year.

This training may be held face to face or online. If online, you will need a device with a reasonable screen size such as a PC, laptop or tablet to be able to participate fully.


This session is informal, and we welcome you to bring your own questions to be answered, in addition to this some of the key topics that will be covered are:

  • Setting the context of local councils, both nationally and locally
  • The ALC, and where it fits in for councils and members of staff
  • Powers and duties of a local council (defining duties and powers and looking as some of the specific powers in more detail, for example, The Local Government Act 1972, s.137 and the General Power of Competence)
  • Meetings and decision-making (thinking about the cycle of meetings, managing their administration with councillors and considering the agenda, meeting and minutes


Sarah Goudie

2024/2025 Prices

Hampshire ALC Member/Development Partner£98+VAT
Berkshire ALC Member/Non Hampshire Development Partner£120+VAT
Non Member£150+VAT

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