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, most 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 external 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

To book onto any of the below courses please contact Emily on with the name and email address of any attendees. Unless stated otherwise in correspondence from EASLC, the standard price per attendee to each training session is £40+vat.

New Clerks


Councillor & Chairman

3rd April 2024

“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.”


14th March 2024

21st March 2024

“The training was brilliant. I have been on the Parish Council for over 20-25 years and it was the best ever.”

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

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


12th March 2024

4th September 2024

“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: 

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: TBC

CiLCA Training & Mentoring Programme

Sussex Training & Mentoring Programme – 2024 Dates

Please see the following link for further information:

CiLCA 2024

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.

For information and to enrol please contact Sue Hobbs at

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