DAPTC Star Awards

Parish and town councils actively committed to councillor training will receive public recognition through an awards scheme run by DAPTC.

DAPTC will be recognising the number of councillors from each parish or town council that attend its range of courses, conferences, seminars and update events each year.

Your council will receive a DAPTC Star Awards for Councillor Development certificate, provided the qualifying criteria shown in this document is met, for courses, conferences, seminars and update events attended during the training year April through to the DAPTC Conference in March the following year, to be given out during the Conference at Kingston Maurward College, near Dorchester.

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.

Qualifying Criteria

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 Essentials for Councillors and they have a total of nine places on their council, 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.

A confirmation letter will be issued, along with certificates, web and social media logos and if you are amongst the Double/Treble Star winners there will be 'training credits' towards courses of your choice. This will help your budgets stretch further. 

Congratulations to Gillingham Town Council!

To win a double award two years in succession is some achievement and shows a great commitment to developing not only their officers, but elected members too.

You will be getting your certificates and training credits confirmed via email - thanks for your ongoing support.

The DAPTC Team.