The Organisational Development Officer introduced a report that
provided an update on the current work of the Members’
Development Task and Finish Group.
During July 2020 a survey had been circulated to Members to
gauge their learning and development needs - 70% of Members
submitted a response. The findings of
the survey indicated that the training programme should be
tailored, depending on the role, experience and learning needs of
each councillor. Members had also
indicated that they would find a mix of learning styles and
training delivery beneficial.
Chair then invited comments and questions from Members.
During the course of the discussion, the following points were
- Members were
keen for progress to be made to establish a training programme and
concern was raised that any unspent training budget would be lost
if not used.
- It was noted
that Members were due to received new IT equipment and it was asked
if any training would be provided. It
was confirmed that an external organisation would be providing IT
training to Members and the cost would not be taken from the
Members’ training budget.
- Concern was
raised that the Council’s transformation process had delayed
the roll out of Member training. It was
noted that the Local Government Association Peer Review had
highlighted the importance of a robust Member training programme to
support councillors to fulfil their roles.
- It was
requested that a variety of training methods be used to engage
Members, rather than information being delivered solely via
Resolved – That
the report be noted.