World-first councillor training centre launched

Online training centre Learning Seat has partnered with the Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA) to establish what it says is a world-first digital training and professional development centre for councillors and mayors.

The system, known as the Local Government Leadership and Learning Centre (LGLLC), will provide councillors and mayors in the Australian and Asia-Pacific region with dedicated online training that addresses the special requirements of the local government sector.

“This is a world-first as a dedicated online learning centre for council elected members,” Learning Seat CEO, Joseph Bruzzaniti told Government News magazine.

The LGLLC plans to address the unique requirements and responsibilities of mayors and councillors Australia-wide and across the Asia-Pacific region with the VLGA the first association to take part.

“Securing a partnership with the VLGA to create the LGLLC allows us to take a significant step in our offering to the local government sector which is an industry of huge importance to us,” he said.

A library of courses will be available online including councillor induction; candidate training (for individuals nominating for council); negotiation skills; relationship management; between councillors and CEOs; women in elected office; media training and general business skills (including IT, leadership and communication skills).

“The advantages of online training are significant. Not only is the LGLLC available for councillors to use at their own time and pace, it comprehensively addresses all critical issues facing them in their workplace everyday,” he said.
Councillors can also formally expand their qualifications through the Centre with an opportunity to obtain a Diploma in Business (Governance).

VLGA CEO, Rae Perry said “We look to invest significantly in the development of the Centre for the benefit of all councillors. Where access to real-time, relevant and current knowledge is essential for everyone, the Local Government Leadership and Learning Centre will become vital to our mayors and councillors.”

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