SSALC CiLCA Programme
SSALC has put together a training and support programme to help students studying the Certificate in Local Council Administration (CiLCA).
Achieving CiLCA is highly valuable, not only for a clerk’s professional development but for the local council and their community. This nationally recognised qualification is one of the first steps for a council to become eligible to use special powers bestowed by Government such as the General Power of Competence (GPC). Councils with the GPC no longer need to worry that they are acting beyond their powers, as the GPC (Localism Act 2011 s1(1)) gives local authorities, including eligible local councils, “the power to do anything that individuals generally may do” as long as they don’t break other laws. It is a ‘power of first resort’; this means that when searching for a power to act, the first question you ask is whether you can use the GPC. CiLCA not only provides the council with greater powers, it provides a practical way for the clerk to gain more confidence through a recognised qualification.
It would be advisable for a student to have worked with or had access to a council for a minimum of six months.
The portfolio required to achieve a CiLCA qualification builds on foundations that may already be in place as part of the day to day work in the council office. So whilst completing CiLCA can seem daunting at first, the SSALC’s CiLCA training & support programme gives practical advice for students to understand what is required to complete their CiLCA portfolio and to embark on an independent learning and development experience.
To ensure that you are supported whilst doing the training you will be asked to complete a learning agreement setting out the expectation of the trainer, student and employer. A copy will be issued by the trainers for you to complete and bring with your to your first training session.
The CiLCA Programme offers –
Training events –
One full day group session where trainers will run through with students how to complete the portfolio, hints and tips for completing each unit and useful information regarding registration & submission. This session will take place at East Grinstead, a venue central to East/West Sussex & Surrey. Refreshments provided.
One to one email support will be available to students where they can email mentors with questions about their units/learning outcomes. You will be encouraged to network with other students to enable group networking discussions and the sharing of ideas. Mentors may be included in group discussions if students wish.
Trainers and Mentors –
In some counties there are separate trainers and mentors for CiLCA support, in Sussex and Surrey’s case your trainers and mentors are the same, they are –
Isabelle Mouland MILCM
Member Support Officer at SSALC,
Has CiLCA, Foundation Degree in Community Governance & studying Level 6 in SLCC Community Governance course.
Pauline Whitehead BA (Hons) FILCM
Parish Clerk & RFO to Cranleigh Parish Council,
Has CiLCA, BA (Hons) Community Engagement and Governance & the mentor for the SLCC Community Governance course.
This training & support package costs £320 per student*
THE NEXT STUDY GROUPS DAY –
2017 Group A Session – Monday 30th January 2017
2017 Group B Session - Monday 13th March 2017
The CiLCA Programme Regulations are here
You can get the SSALC CiLCA Programme registration form here
You can get the CiLCA Portfolio Guide 2015 here
*Please note that this does not include the CiLCA registration fee payable to SLCC, please visit their website for details www.slcc.co.uk If you will be enrolling on to our CiLCA Programme it is very important that you do not register to take CiLCA with the SLCC yet, we will advise when to do this.