Most local authorities have local training programmes in place that aim to give councillors a comprehensive understanding of a broad range of issues. These programmes are often supplemented with briefing sessions on council services and policies.


The Improvement Service has developed a national Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Framework for Elected Members in Scottish local government, which has been designed to give councillors feedback about their performance and to provide them with professional and personal development opportunities that will enable them to enhance their effectiveness as a councillor. The skills that this framework supports will also be useful to councillors in many other contexts including external employment. If this is of interest to you, check if your local council participates in the programme.