Councillors come from all backgrounds and abilities. This is important so that they can represent their communities. Councils need Councillors with a range of experiences, employment backgrounds and qualifications.
As a member you’ll need to be able to understand reports that Council officers write before you take decisions, you’ll also be expected to do most of your work on a computer and have good people skills to work with everyone in the community.
The main qualifications, however, are an interest in your community and a willingness to learn. Knowledge, experience and confidence will soon follow. You will be offered a comprehensive induction to your role as a councillor and ongoing support and guidance about your personal development.
Ongoing regular training is provided on a one to one or open forum basis and is adapted to your needs and requirements to ensure you have the right skills to carry out role.