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Events, Training & Cilca

Training and Professional Services are an important part of the Associations' support for member councils by offering help to councils wishing to increase their knowledge base and capability. Training is arranged by Yorkshire Local Councils Associations which is the only independent organisation offering specialist advice and information to the parish sector in North, South and West Yorkshire.

Remote training sessions are on the Zoom platform, or from time to time, Microsoft Teams. The courses are usually 1.5 hours in duration, although some topics require longer sessions, but no more than 3 hours for any remote training session.

The Talking Tables Training Day which we held on the 10 November at the Bridge Hotel and Spa was well attended and we have some excellent feedback from the day.

The next training day will be held on the 27 April 2024 - Drax Sports & Social Club, Nr Selby. The programme and further details will be available soon - SAVE THE DATE!

YLCA Training Programme

  • Training Programme November - December 2023 (PDF, 192 Kb)

    Training Programme October - December 2023

    Topics include:

    Closed Church of England Churchyards
    Overview of Data Protection for Local Councils
    Finance and Budgeting
    Allotments - tenancy agreements, policies and self management options
    Allotments - land availability/purchase, site facilities, health and safety and insurance~
    Basic understanding of the planning system
    Appointing, Structuring and using Committees for council work
    Induction for new Clerks
    Writing grant applications and sourcing funding options for local councils
    Council Vacancies

    Plus the free Clerks, Chairs and Councillors Discussion Forum sessions

  • Training Programme - January - March 2024 (PDF, 261 Kb)

    Training Programme - January - March 2024

    Please find attached the training programme for January – March 2024 that we hope you find of interest.

    We have several new topics including

    Biodiversity (with the new Biodiversity Legislation for local councils coming into force from 1 January 2024 this is a relevant topic),

    Increase your self-esteem, confidence and assertiveness,

    Revitalising and improving employee relations through effective Appraisals,

    Understanding the Code of Conduct and Declarations of Interest,

    Understanding the Assertions in the Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR)

    To register, click on the link in the programme and complete all the relevant details - some training has limited spaces, to avoid disappointment register for the training as soon as you receive council approval.

If you register for any training, including Whole Council Training, and wish to cancel the booking please refer to the YLCA Cancellation Policy.

  • Cancellation and refund policy (PDF, 18 Kb)

    Cancellation and refund policy

  • Whole Council Training Bulletin (PDF, 215 Kb)


    We are offering dates for councils to express an interest in having a YLCA Officer provide Whole Council Training at a venue of their choice. This is training for all of the members of a council together; and the idea is that everyone comes along to hear the information and guidance, to build better understanding and cohesion within the authority. The dates are provided in the programme below. The three hour session can be held during the day or the evening. To request this training please contact to get a booking form. Bookings will be taken on a first come, first served basis. Once the booking form is received it is a contract between the Council and YLCA. The cost for the training is £37 per person (councillors or officers, ie clerk) if YLCA has to book a venue, or £32.00 per person if the council provides and pays for a venue. We are also open to smaller councils joining together for this training. Our contract with the council will be for all councillors to attend and that is the number that we charge for, irrespective of the number of attendees.

    If your council has five or seven members, you may wish to extend the opportunity of whole council training to a neighbouring council, who may wish to join the session. YLCA can help with that if the council is willing to do it.

    The training session will include:

    • Duties, roles and responsibilities of the Council, Chair, Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer
    • Legislative powers and duties
    • Meetings and their management
    • Council business including lawful agendas and minutes
    • Delegation to officers and committees
    • The audit regime
    • Transparency Code
    • The council as an employer
    • Data Protection and the UK GDPR overview
    • Any aspect of local council administration that the council needs us to focus on.


Training in the Certificate in Local Council Administration (CiLCA)
Following completion of the basic online course called the Introduction to Local Council Administration provided by the Society of Local Council Clerks, clerks can move on to the CiLCA course. If they want to be absolutely prepared for Cilca, they can do the ILCA to CiLCA bridging course provided by SLCC. Details are on the SLCC website.

The Yorkshire and Humber Regional Training Partnership (YHRTP) (of which YLCA is the lead partner) provides training for clerks working towards CiLCA in Yorkshire. Generally, the RTP takes candidates that have completed the Introduction to Local Council Administration (ILCA).

The next intake of candidates will be September 2023. Please contact Sheena Spence, RTP Lead Officer for a copy of the YHRTP Cilca Prospectus 2023.

Breakthrough Communications Training

Finance Training with Parkinson Partnerships

Online Training Opportunities provide by Nimble Training for member councils

Training Booking Form

  • Nimble booking form (MS Word, 128 Kb)

    Please download the Nimble booking form and upon completing send it to You will get a confirmation email once booked onto the training session.

Last updated: Wed, 22 Nov 2023 08:45