Events for new councillors

Book your place now at one or more of our upcoming events for newly elected councillors, including our national welcome event and our introductions to planning, audit, and licensing.


Pension Fundamentals (three-day training course)

Choose to join in person in Manchester or London or attend our virtual training course 

Manchester – Thursday 5 October 2023 (Day 1) | Wednesday 8 November 2023 (Day 2) | Wednesday 13 December 2023 (Day 3)

London – Thursday 12 October 2023 (Day 1) | Thursday 2 November 2023 (Day 2) | Tuesday 5 December 2023 (Day 3)

Virtual training course – Thursday 19 October 2023 and Thursday 26 October 2023 (Day 1) | Thursday 16 November 2023 and Thursday 23 November 2023 (Day 2) | Monday 11 December 2023 and Tuesday 19 December 2023 (Day 3).

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Building your confidence as a councillor workshop (Virtual event)

Tuesday 10 October 2023 – 12.00 pm – 1.30 (Zoom)

Stepping up to stand as a councillor and getting elected lands you in a strange world where, no matter how experienced you are in business, you’re now expected to represent a large, diverse population, be familiar with over 700 services, work with different public bodies, all without direct control or authority!

This can knock your self-confidence, meaning that perhaps you’re afraid to ask a question at committee for fear of ‘looking silly’; or ‘don’t know enough’ to give a speech at full council; or maybe you won’t put yourself forward for a role ‘in case you fail at it’. Even if you do these things, you may feel you never match up to others’ expectations.

This short, engaging and interactive course for new councillors will give you easy-to-implement tips and practical advice about how to overcome your self-doubt and use your values to build your resilience.  You’ll have the opportunity to share your experiences with other councillors in the session.

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Six months in – a session for newly elected West Midlands councillors

Tuesday 24 October, 10.00am–2.00pm, The Studio, 7 Cannon Street, Birmingham B2 5EP

New and returning councillors in the West Midlands are invited to attend this session to:

  • explore the role of councillor
  • learn about the evolving national policy context and challenges facing councils
  • hear from experienced councillors
  • network with colleagues from other councils
  • discover what LGA support is on offer.

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Coming soon – virtual events for councillors on scrutiny, and handling casework

During 2023, we will be delivering other virtual events for councillors – on scrutiny, and handling casework. Check back here for more details on these future sessions.