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FIRST FOR MEMBfirst ERS 

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'The first choice for elected member development'

TOPICAL COURSES AND NEWS FROM LINK SUPPORT SERVICES

 

SCRUTINY SKILLS: training for Councillors - including Police & Crime Panel Members and Fire Authorities


REPORT WRITING SKILLS: training for REPORT AUTHORS and Councillors.  Also 'Report Writer' toolkit with templates to purchase


CASEWORK AND ADVOCACY SKILLS TRAINING for elected members


ADSO CONFERENCE

 

Link is again co-sponsoring the Association of Democratic Services Officer's (ADSO) national conference in Nottingham.  'We'll be delighted to meet our customers and colleagues at the Conference'  said David McGrath of Link.  Visit http://www.adso.co.uk/

 

RECOGNITION

 

David McGrath was delighted to receive recognition from the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development for providing 'exceptional service to human resources and people development for over 20 years'.  David says ''I have the same passion for developing people now as when I started 24 years ago and i'm delighted receive this recognition'

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Link is one of the UK's longest established and most respected providers of elected member training services in the UK


Founded in 1994 by David McGrath they provide an expert and experienced team of trainers for all your member and officer training needs


01676 522775 gets you to us for a no obligation chat


 

Link has delivered a large number of training courses for Councillors on 'Personal Safety and Managing Challenging Situations'  Contact us now to find out how we can support your members

 

'Councillors are on the front line and all to often have to take very difficult and unpopular decisions.  Our course supports Councils to implement their corporate social responsibility for the well-being of their members as well as their staff.  


David McGrath

Managing Director Link Support Services 

BESPOKE SCRUTINY SKILLS TRAINING FOR COUNCILS, POLICE AND CRIME PANELS AND FIRE AUTHORITIES.  SUPPORT INCLUDE: 


(a) 1-1 coaching for scrutiny chairs and vice chairs
(b) Seminar: chairing scrutiny committees and working groups (review panels, Task and Finish, Rapid Reviews ('Scrutiny in a day')
(c) Induction training for new scrutiny members
(d) Seminar: 'Raising the bar in scrutiny'.  Demonstrates best practice in scrutiny and how scrutiny members can achieve value adding impact
(e) Scrutiny best practice training for Executive members and senior officers
(f) Support to Task and Finish and 'Rapid reviews'
(g) Seminar: agreeing a forward work programme
ALL SESSIONS ARE LIVELY, INTERACTIVE AND AIMED AT SUPPORTING 'VALUE ADDING' OUTCOMES FROM SCRUTINY

Courses for Councillors delivered in house

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Our huge range of courses for Councillors and officers can be delivered at your venue and includes:
  • One off short courses (e.g. 'Chairing Skills', 'Scrutiny Skills', 'Questioning and Listening', 'Community Leadership and Advocacy', 'Local Government Finance', 'Public Speaking', 'Speed Reading and Smart Reading', 'Planning', 'Commissioning', 'Renewable Energy' etc.)
  • An entire induction programme for members (5 or 7 course packages)
  • Coaching support for Portfolio Holders, Leaders, Scrutiny Chairs and First Citizens
  • Training support for Police and Crime Panel members and Commissioners
  • Officer training or briefings ('Excellence in Scrutiny', 'Report Writing Skills', 'Presenting Reports')
  • Joint member/ officer seminars (e.g. 'Managing the political interface')
  • Tailor made programmes
  • Explore our website pages for our full range of courses and an indicative range of our customers.  Ask us for references too
  • Our Coaching programme for 'First Citizens' is endorsed by the National Association of Civic Officers (and includes coaching in 'Chairing Full Council', 'Speaking at events'and'The Corporate Role of the First Citzen'

About Link Support:

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Link is one of the UK’s longest established providers of member and officer training services.  It was founded and is led by veteran member trainer David McGrath.

 Link is 'the perfect partner for lively in-house courses'. 


Managing Director, David McGrath (pictured above) has:

  • Trained and coached members for 24 years
  • Been a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel Development since 1994
  • Been a former Councillor (Birmingham City 8 years)
  • Published toolkits and articles on elected member development
  • Been a volunteer community campaigner and advocate for over 30 years
  • Developed and delivered leading edge, highly interactive, lively and entertaining courses for members
We also have a network of 'Associates' who are qualified and experienced to provide training and coaching support to members and officers

Training for staff too. 

Contact us for details
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Courses include: 'Report Writing Skills', 'Presenting Reports', 'Raising the Bar in Scrutiny' etc.   If you would like to discuss our officer or member training services please call or email us for a no obligation chat and quotation. 


Link Support Services (UK) Ltd

Innellan House

Eaves Green Lane

Meriden

West Midlands

CV7 7JL


Tel 01676 522775

Email Linkukltd@aol.com


You can contact David McGrath too via Linkedin. (elected member development trainer)


Interested in becoming an Associate of Link Support Services?


Link also has a network of experienced and skilled associates offering training support to members in areas such as  Planning, Local Government Finance and Commissioning. 


If you feel that you could add value to our range of member and officer training services,  have lively and engaging presentation skills, please contact us for a chat