2024 Training Programme

We are now pleased to be able to offer the following on-line course via Zoom.  Click on one of the module links below for further details and to book.

If the course you want is full, please email adsotraining@emcouncils.gov.uk to express interest and be added to the waiting list.

Just a Minute COURSE FULL
Workshop One: Wednesday 17 January 2024, 9.30am-12.30pm
Workshop Two: Thursday 25th January 2024, 9.30am-12.30pm

ADSO – Just a Minute (emcouncils.gov.uk)

Meetings Procedures COURSE FULL
Workshop One: Monday 22nd January 2024, 9.30am-12.30pm
Workshop Two: Wednesday 31st January 2024, 9.30am-12.30pm

ADSO – Meetings Procedures (emcouncils.gov.uk)

Overview & Scrutiny COURSE FULL
Workshop One: Tuesday 30th January 2024, 9.30am-12.30pm
Workshop Two: Tuesday 6th February 2024, 9.30am-12.30pm

ADSO – Overview and Scrutiny (emcouncils.gov.uk)

Law and Practice of Local Government COURSE FULL
Workshop One: Thursday 1st February 2024, 9.30am-12.30pm
Workshop Two: Thursday 8th February 2024, 9.30am-12.30pm

ADSO – Law and Practice of Local Government (emcouncils.gov.uk)

Introduction to Health Service Governance  COURSE FULL
Workshop One:  Monday 11th March 2024, 1.30pm-4.30pm
Workshop Two:  Monday 18th March 2024, 1.30pm-4.30pm

ADSO – Introduction to Health Service Governance (emcouncils.gov.uk)

Ethics & Standards
Workshop One: Tuesday 12th March 2024, 9.30am-12.30pm
Workshop Two: Tuesday 19th March 2024, 9.30am-12.30pm

ADSO – Ethics & Standards (emcouncils.gov.uk)

Working in a Political Environment COURSE FULL
Workshop One: Tuesday 12th March 2024, 9.30am-12.30pm
Workshop Two: Wednesday 20th March 2024, 9.30am-12.30pm

ADSO – Working in a Political Environment (emcouncils.gov.uk)

Becoming a DSO – an introduction
Wednesday 17th April 2024, 9.30am-12.30pm

ADSO – Becoming a Democratic Services Officer – An Introduction (emcouncils.gov.uk)

Structures and Functions
Workshop One: Thursday 18th April 2024, 9.30am-12.30pm
Workshop Two: Thursday 25th April 2024, 9.30am-12.30pm
ADSO Structures and Functions (emcouncils.gov.uk)

Bookings between May-Sept will open on 7TH March 2024 

Just a Minute
Workshop One: Thursday 16th May 2024, 9.30am-12.30pm
Workshop Two: Thursday 23rd May 2024 9.30am-12.30pm

Overview & Scrutiny
Workshop One: Monday 24th June 2024, 9.30am-12.30pm
Workshop Two: Thursday 27th June 2024, 9.30am-12.30pm

Meetings Procedures
Workshop One: Wednesday 19th June 2024, 9.30am-12.30pm
Workshop Two: Wednesday 26th June 2024, 9.30am-12.30pm

Law and Practice of Local Government
Workshop One
: Tuesday 2nd July 2024, 9.30am-12.30pm
Workshop Two: Tuesday 9th July 2024, 9.30am-12.30pm

Becoming a DSO – an introduction
Thursday 11th July 2024, 9.30am-12.30pm

Introduction to Health Service Governance 
Workshop One:  Monday 16th September 2024, 1.30pm-4.30pm
Workshop Two:  Monday 23rd September 2024, 1.30pm-4.30pm

Becoming a DSO – an introduction
Thursday 12th September 2024, 9.30am-12.30pm

Bookings for October to December open on 1st August 2024

Council and It’s Governance
Workshop One: Wednesday 2nd October 2024, 9.30am-12.30pm
Workshop Two: Wednesday 9th October 2024, 9.30am-12.30pm

Just a Minute
Workshop One: Thursday 7th November 2024, 9.30am-12.30pm
Workshop Two: Thursday 14th November 2024. 9.30am-12.30pm

Working in a Political Environment
Workshop One: Tuesday 12th November 2024, 9.30am-12.30pm
Workshop Two: Tuesday 19th November 2024, 9.30am-12.30pm

Introduction to Company Secretarial Practice
Workshop One: Wednesday 13th November 2024, 9.30am-12.30pm
Workshop Two: Wednesday 20th November 2024, 9.30am-12.30pm

Overview & Scrutiny
Workshop One: Wednesday 20th November 2024, 9.30am-12.30pm
Workshop Two: Wednesday 27th November 2024, 9.30am-12.30pm

Meetings Procedures
Workshop One: Thursday 28th November 2024, 9.30am-12.30pm
Workshop Two: Thursday 5th December 2024, 9.30am-12.30pm

Law and Practice
Workshop One
: Wednesday 4th December 2024, 9.30am-12.30pm
Workshop Two: Wednesday 11th December 2024, 9.30am-12.30pm

Becoming a DSO – an introduction
Tuesday 10th December 2024, 9.30am-12.30pm

For a detailed copy of our terms and conditions click here

Other ADSO courses
ADSO offers a programme of courses for Democratic Service Officers, these include the below courses.  Please email East Midlands Councils if you are interested to attend any of these in the future.  Alternatively, these could be delivered as in-house sessions (see below). 

Course outlines:
Becoming a DSO – an introduction

ADSO Course outline – Becoming a DSO – an introduction

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Council and its Governance Arrangements

ADSO Course outline – Council and its Governance Arrangements

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Ethics and Standards

ADSO Course outline – Ethics and Standards

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Introduction to Company Secretarial Practice

ADSO Course outline – Introduction to Company Secretarial Practice

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Just a Minute 

ADSO Course outline – Just a Minute

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Law and Practice of Local Government

ADSO Course outline – Law and Practice of Local Government

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Meetings Procedures

ADSO Course outline – Meetings Procedures

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Overview and Scrutiny

ADSO Course outline – Overview and Scrutiny

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Working in a Political Environment

ADSO Course outline – Working in a Political Environment

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Bespoke courses
If any region or Authority can secure enough delegates to run a course (usually around 15 delegates), we would be happy to set up a bespoke or in-house course. Please contact East Midlands Councils, for more information.

ADSO Training Frequently Asked Questions

ADSO Training FAQs

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