CiLCA Portfolio – Carmarthen

Overview

This is a course for clerks and deputies who want to obtain their Level 3, CiLCA qualification. Spread over 4 days, each day of the course covers all the questions within the five sections of the Portfolio of evidence required for CiLCA. Some work will be needed between each course day to write or gather together the evidence needed for the Portfolio submission.

The course explains the background to each question giving you a broad knowledge of all the aspects of the clerk’s work.

CiLCA gives you a broad knowledge of all the aspects of the clerk's work

Price

SLCC Members – £340 + VAT
Non-Members – £390 + VAT

CPD points

Claim 10 CPD points for attending this course!

Joining instructions will be sent to you 3 weeks before the event and your invoice will be sent before the event. We advise that, on receipt of the joining instructions, you are liable for any fees incurred in order to attend the event.

Date

23rd Jan, 27th Feb, 19th Mar, 23rd Apr
9.30am – 4.30pm

Location

Hafan Cymru Conference Suite (Carmarthen) Stephens Way, Pensarn, Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire. SA31 2BG

‘Very beneficial course, well presented with excellent supporting documentation.’ Jeremy Parkhouse, Llanrhidian Higher Community Council

‘I am undertaking the CiLCA qualification to improve my knowledge and understanding of local councils so that I can provide informed advice to North Horsham Parish Council (NHPC). In the long term I strive to become Clerk for a council where this qualification would have given me a good foundation of knowledge and confidence, alongside my practical learning at NHPC.’ Ross McCartney

‘I have to say that I have found the process completely different from what I expected. The feedback has been nothing but constructive and supportive and I found the process to be very affirming, in what is often such an isolated job.’ Gill Merry, Aston Clinton Parish Council

Study CiLCA & learn the tools to...

  • Make confident, informative decisions for your council and your community
  • Advise the council on its duties and powers
  • Adapt to changing circumstances
  • Ensure your council is compliant with proper financial practices
  • Set a vision for the future for your council and your community
  • Respond to questions and problems with a dynamic, ‘can-do’ attitude
  • Advise and support the council as it identifies and implements plans for the future
  • And much more!

Course outline

  • Day One: Roles, duties & responsibilities, employment issues, CPD and PR and communication
  • Day Two: The General Power of Competence, new legislation and sources of advice, agenda setting and meeting procedures, standing orders and committees and Freedom of information.
  • Day Three: Accounting and statutory guidance, budgeting, grant awarding policies, insurance, sources of advice on financial matters and VAT.
  • Day Four: The planning framework, effective observations on planning applications, partnership working, funding sources and community engagement.

Who should attend?

CiLCA is suitable for all officers working with local councils. Councillors and officers of advisory bodies have also taken CiLCA in the past. CiLCA is flexible enough to suit candidates from the diversity of local councils.

When a council’s chief officer (or clerk) has CiLCA , s/he is qualified in England for the purposes of the Local Council Award Scheme (Quality and Quality Gold) and eligibility for the council to use the general power of competence.

About the Trainer

Sam Shippen

Sam Shippen is Clerk to Bicester Town Council and has been involved with parish & town councils since January 1998, having previously held several posts in Durham County Council for thirteen years. She now has her own company, Sam Shippen Associates Ltd which offers locum services to councils alongside specific service, staffing and structural reviews or covering a single meeting.

Her long association with the SLCC includes having being Branch Secretary for County Durham & Cleveland Branch, representing the branch on the National Executive 2002/2010, NEC Vice Chairman 2006/07 and Chairman 2007/10, Chairman of the Board of the Institute of Local Council Management 2006/2014 and External Affairs Officer 2010/14. She has represented the SLCC on various national committees and been involved in the development of legislation with the Department of Communities and Local Government on behalf of the SLCC.

Sam has been a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators since 2006, having qualified as a chartered secretary in 1994. She is also a Fellow of the Institute of Local Council Management and holds a Certified Municipal Clerk (CMC) designation with the International Institute of Municipal Clerks.

Sam Shippen, CiLCA Trainer

 

Gwilym Rippon

Gwilym is a Town Clerk to Bishop’s Castle Town Council, a clerk to 2 small Parish Councils in Shropshire Bettws y Crwyn and Newcastle and a clerk to a Community Council in Powys, Abermule (with) Llandyssil Community Council. Previously a Police Officer for 33 years he came into the sector by accident but now thoroughly enjoys the work. Gwilym is the only clerk that holds CiLCA England and Wales qualifications, has attended the University of Gloucestershire and has attained a Certificate of Higher Education in Community Engagement and Governance. He wears several hats of the society, those being. Trainer for Wales, Employment support Officer and Deputy Advisor for Wales. He was the Chair of Herefordshire Branch and represented Powys Branch on the NEC (National Executive Council). Gwilym also sat on the board member of the Institute of Local Council Management (now the SLCC Professional Development Scheme) and is a member of the Institute. Gwilym is also a member of the International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC) and attended his first internal conference in Brussels in June 2014 and will repeat this in September 2017.

Gwilym Rippon PSLCC, Advisor for Wales & Training Support Officer

Bruce Poole

Bruce has wide experience in the 1st tier of local government both as a town and parish clerk spanning some 30 plus years. He has also acted as a consultant on numerous occasions when various councils have required new direction.

He is a Past President of the Society of Local Council Clerks 2010/11 having served on its National Executive Council (NEC) and as cabinet member for a number of years. He is currently a Fellow member of the Society, Chairman of the Somerset Branch and mentor for Somerset as well as being a Master Municipal Clerk with the International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC) where he had the honour of serving as Regional Director (2015-17.)

Bruce is CiLCA qualified and holds the Certificate for the Power of Well Being. He gained a 2.1 Bachelor of Arts Degree in Local Policy with the University of Gloucestershire in 2010. From this he continues to act as an Employment Support Officer and runs several training courses for SLCC.

He is a passionate believer in training, supporting and encouraging colleagues to become suitably qualified.

Bruce Poole, CiLCA Trainer

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