ESALC delivers various training programmes for town and parish Councils, carried out by an experienced and qualified team.

The training programme is designed to reflect the needs and priorities of our member Councils and we are regularly adding new training dates to ensure our members are kept up to date.

At present, all training is taking place on Zoom, however, we hope to resume face to face training as soon as we are able and will then offer both a remote and face to face programme, as well as networking days and conferences.

We provide training in a variety of ways to suit situations; some will be provided directly by ESALC and others will be provided by other agencies.

Any of our training programmes are available for individual councils to book either in the tailor made format or completely bespoke to your requirements. Please contact us if you have a request or would like further details. Prices are quoted on an individual basis.

If your Council would like training on a subject which is not listed above then please get in contact to discuss further. For example, we have recently carried out bespoke training on Time Management, Code of Conduct and Elections/Purdah.

Upcoming Training Dates

New Clerks


Councillor & Chairman

22nd June 2022 – Hybrid Councillor & Chairman Training

“Excellent course – well paced, appropriate level and clear, simple slides.”

“Very informative with useful points for a new councillor like me.”

“Great training session!”

“Useful training – it really clarified and put into context the role of the chair.”


New Dates Coming Soon!

“Excellent. If only it were mandatory for all Parish Councillors to attend!”

“Great session; really enjoyed it. Flo is a star!”

“I was very impressed with the presentation, the manner in which it was presented and the useful content.”


13th September – Financial Planning, Reporting & Budgeting

“The course was very interesting, well put together and really helpful. Keith 10/10, content 10/10.”

“Really mind-blowing presentation!”


These are free of charge – please register your interest with Emily.

Next Clerks Forum: 28th June 2022 Feedback from our last Forum from one of our attendees: “Absolutely rammed with good stuff; I think they are getting better each time!”

Next Chairman’s Forum: 29th June 2022

CiLCA Training & Mentoring Programme

Sussex Training & Mentoring Programme – 2022 Dates

A complete programme giving practical advice for students to understand what is required to complete their CiLCA portfolio and to embark on an independent learning and development experience.


Session 1 – 25th January 2022 (3 hours)
Session 2 – 8th February 2022 (4 hours)
Session 3 – 8th March 2022 (4 hours)
Session 4 – 29th March 2022 (4 hours)

Session 1 – 5th April 2022 (3 hours)
Session 2 – 10th May 2022 (4 hours)
Session 3 – 14th June 2022 (4 hours)
Session 4 – 5th July 2022 (4 hours)

Sessions start at 9.30am

For information and to enrol please contact either Sue or Pauline at

Students should be available to attend all of the sessions in order to allow them to build up their CiLCA portfolio.

Please click here for further information.

If you have any queries in the meantime please contact us: