Parish and town councils actively committed to councillor
training will receive public recognition through an awards scheme run by DAPTC recognising the number of councillors from each parish or town council that attend its range of courses, conferences, seminars and update events each year.
Councils will receive a DAPTC Star Awards for Councillor Development certificate, provided the qualifying criteria shown below is met, for courses, conferences, seminars and update events attended during the training year from April through to the end of March the following year. A confirmation letter will be issued, along with the certificate and logos to use on your website and social media. Councils receiving a certificate will be recognised in a one-off DAPTC training e-newsletter.
The Certificates, for public display in each council’s meeting place, will publicise the council’s percentage of councillors participating in events to widen and update their knowledge of the many factors that can help them serve their communities.
The percentage for each star category will be awarded on the number of individual councillors who attend recognised DAPTC training events. For example, if three members attend New Councillor Induction and the council has a total of nine places, the council will then be eligible for the Single Star certificate. If the same three members then attend further recognised training, the council will still have sent 30% of their members on training. If three additional members of the council also attend training, the total will then be 60% and the council will be eligible for the Double Star certificate.
The Certificates, based on the council meeting the qualifying criteria, will show :
Single Star = 30 – 59 per cent
Double Star = 60 – 89 per cent
Triple Star = Over 90 per cent
Local councillors have a wealth of experience and local knowledge which can be shared with other councillors. DAPTC certificates will be a tangible sign of each council’s commitment to seeking out new opportunities for its community and will also benefit the entire council because newly trained members will be keeping up-to-date with changes in legislation and practice.