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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.

There will be no face to face training sessions, until further notice.

Remote training sessions are normally done 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, 2 hours, 2 1/2 hours, but no more than 3 hours for any remote training session.

Training Programme

Financial training courses provided by The Parkinson Partnership (Steve Parkinson)

YLCA work with Parkinson Partnership to provide Finance webinar training courses on:

  • Finance for Councillors
  • Introduction to VAT for public bodies
  • VAT for larger councils
  • Budgeting and financial management
  • Contracts and procurement
  • Transparency and publications

Dates of the various courses by Parkinson Partnership for February 2022 – March 2022 are available on the link below:

Breakthrough Communications - Compliant Councils Hub

  • Complaint Councils Hub (PDF, 673 Kb)

    Breakthrough Communications have partnered with YLCA to provide a Compliant Councils Hub. They have also created a specific web page at through which YLCA member councils can sign up to the Hub. The page automatically applies the discount to those members that sign up.

    As some of you will be aware, Facebook Pages are changing. But have no fear our partners, Breakthrough Communications, have produced a helpful summary of what it means for local councils.

  • Social Media Check Flyer (PDF, 154 Kb)

    Free social media checks available from Breakthrough Communications, YLCA partner organisation. Information on the attached flyer.

Online training opportunities provided by Nimble for member councils

YLCA are excited to be working with the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) and Nimble Training to provide online training sessions that councillors and clerks can take at any time. These sessions, (described as E-Learning sessions), offer a flexible, time and cost-effective way of learning. Whilst they are not specifically tailored to the local council sector, they do provide officers and local councillors an introduction/overview to each topic, as listed, some of which we might not normally cover but are still relevant. Once enrolled on a training session you can take up to 12 months to complete it. The cost is £15.00 per delegate, and a list of topics are below. Please click on the link to each topic for the full description of the course.


Training Booking Form

  • Nimble booking form (MS Word, 99 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.


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.

The Yorkshire and Humber Regional Training Partnership (YHRTP) (of which YLCA is the lead partner) provides training for clerks working towards CiLCA. The CiLCA course is being re-planned currently but do note that as a rule, the RTP will only take students who have passed Working With Your Council or the replacement course, Introduction to Local Council Administration (ILCA).

The RTP took in a new tranche of candidates at 1 September 2021 and will be looking at a further intake in July 2022. Please contact Sheena Spence, RTP Lead Officer for further details - e-mail:

Last updated: Fri, 13 May 2022 11:43