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Work-Place Learning in Local
Government
Shadowing a Local Councillor
Possibilities and Problems
•  Expanding knowledge of how local
government works
•  Understanding the role of the local
cou...
Local Government Explained: Sort
of…
•  The example of
Oxford:
•  Oxfordshire County
Council: schools,
social care service...
The Role of the Councillor
•  48 councillors, 2
elected for each of
the 24 wards
•  Not full time positions:
allowances no...
(Conflicting?) Aspects of the Role
•  Usually – but not
always – elected on a
party political ticket
•  Relationship to
po...
Political Parties and the Council
•  An example:
•  Labour Group: meet roughly once a month
•  As ruling group: budget set...
Representative Function
•  As a councillor, and when using that title,
you are NOT party political
•  Role is to represent...
Civic Function
•  Role of council
committees:
•  Planning
•  Licensing
•  Scrutiny
•  Standards
Work Experience
•  Possibilities:
•  Making what is
obscure to many
transparent
•  Opening up political
life and particula...
Work-Place Learning
•  Possible problems:
•  Irregular hours
•  Would there be enough from shadowing
one councillor during...
Importance
•  Local government matters: ‘localism’ part
of current government’s agenda; One
Nation Labour exploring furthe...
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Work-based learning in local government: shadowing a local councillor - Bev Clack

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Presentation at HEA-funded workshop 'Work-based learning in Politics and International Studies: from theory to practice'.

The workshop brought together key stakeholders in the delivery of work-based learning and employability skills in the Politics and International Relations (IR) disciplines including academics, employers and careers advisors. Through presentations and discussion delegates had the opportunity to share best practice on existing work-based learning schemes and developing employability skills.

This presentation is part of a related blog post that provides an overview of the event: http://bit.ly/1x0KPae

For further details of the HEA's work on Employability and Global Citizenship in the Social Sciences see: http://bit.ly/17n8Knj

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Work-based learning in local government: shadowing a local councillor - Bev Clack

  1. 1. Work-Place Learning in Local Government Shadowing a Local Councillor
  2. 2. Possibilities and Problems •  Expanding knowledge of how local government works •  Understanding the role of the local councillor •  Structuring a work experience programme
  3. 3. Local Government Explained: Sort of… •  The example of Oxford: •  Oxfordshire County Council: schools, social care services, roads, libraries & museums… •  Oxford City Council: waste, leisure, planning, licensing, housing…
  4. 4. The Role of the Councillor •  48 councillors, 2 elected for each of the 24 wards •  Not full time positions: allowances not salaries •  Elected to represent all the people in their wards
  5. 5. (Conflicting?) Aspects of the Role •  Usually – but not always – elected on a party political ticket •  Relationship to political campaigning and the local party (in my case, the CLP) •  Role of campaigning/ door-knocking
  6. 6. Political Parties and the Council •  An example: •  Labour Group: meet roughly once a month •  As ruling group: budget setting; members elected from Group to serve on Council Executive Board •  Full Council •  The role of the whip
  7. 7. Representative Function •  As a councillor, and when using that title, you are NOT party political •  Role is to represent your community and their views, regardless of political persuasion •  Case work •  Observer status on local organisations funded by council
  8. 8. Civic Function •  Role of council committees: •  Planning •  Licensing •  Scrutiny •  Standards
  9. 9. Work Experience •  Possibilities: •  Making what is obscure to many transparent •  Opening up political life and particularly importance of local government •  Potentially interesting (!)
  10. 10. Work-Place Learning •  Possible problems: •  Irregular hours •  Would there be enough from shadowing one councillor during one week? •  Timing •  Confidentiality: ‘the first rule of Labour Group is that you don’t talk about Labour group’
  11. 11. Importance •  Local government matters: ‘localism’ part of current government’s agenda; One Nation Labour exploring further devolution of powers •  Engagement in democratic processes which affect all our lives, whether we like it or not

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