WELCOME TO 

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FIRST FOR MEMBfirst ERS 

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'25 years in business as the first choice for elected member development'


TOPICAL COURSES, NEWS AND EVENTS 

 

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


REPORT WRITING SKILLS: training for REPORT AUTHORS and councillors.  


EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT programmes for Portfolio Holders, The Leader and Cabinet.  Ask for details

 

EXPERT SUPPORT TO UPDATE YOUR COUNCIL'S CONSTITUTION. Ask for details of our work with a range of Councils


NEW SUPPORT FOR MAYORS AND CHAIRS HIGHLIGHTED AT NACO'S NATIONAL CONFERENCE


David McGrath was keynote speaker at the National Association of Civic Officers' (NACO) national conference taking a lively look at THE PERFECT ACCEPTANCE SPEECH and USE OF THE MAGIC MINUTE IN SPEECHWRITING for civic and democratic services officers supporting new Mayors and Chairs of Council.  (See our civic support package for first citizens)

http://www.naco.uk.com/assets/Uploads/Brochure-2019-as-amended-230119.pdf

 

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 25 years ago and i'm delighted receive this recognition'

Lively, interactive and practical training for your councillors and officers

 

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.  INCLUDING: 


(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

TRAINING FOR PLANNING/ DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE MEMBERS AND CHAIRS e.g.

(a) Effective use of Committee time (b) managing predisposition, conditions and votes (c) effective liaison with constituents on controversial applications (d) managing motions contrary to officer recommendations.  Includes case studies and skills development activities.  ASK ABOUT OUR COMMITTEE COACHING PROGRAMME


Courses for councillors delivered at your venue

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Our huge range of courses for Councillors and officers can be delivered at your Council offices 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