Next Generation

The Next Generation Programme offers ambitious and talented councillors an unparalleled political development opportunity – it's uniquely developed within party political traditions and with party political experts. There is also a programme for councillors represented by the LGA's Independent Group.

Politics is the lifeblood of local government. At their best, politicians know and understand their communities intimately, create aspirations out of local desires, draw compelling pictures of the future and bring people together to achieve great things.

We believe that democracy depends on elected politicians understanding and fulfilling their role. Presenting the electorate with a principled manifesto based on their own and their Party values, helping them to firstly, make informed choices about how they want to be governed; and secondly, to form a basis from which to judge performance.

About the programme

The Next Generation Programme aims to support and encourage ambitious and talented councillors to be bold and confident political leaders. Representing, understanding and working with their communities and constituents and upholding their own and their parties values and morals. The programme also supports councillors to progress in their political careers and to be champions of local government.

The format of each programme  Conservative, Liberal Democrat, Labour, and Independent – is slightly different but usually based around three residential blocks, each lasting two days with different additional events for each programme.

Benefits of attending 

Each stream of Next Generation has been uniquely developed in political group settings, however overall the Next Generation Programme provides all participants with the opportunity to:

  •  increase awareness of the different styles and approaches to political leadership
  •  better understand their Party's distinctive approach to policy and governance
  •  define their ‘vision' for their council/ward/group
  •  increase confidence and awareness of the importance of communication and media skills
  •  learn more about their own personal strengths and weaknesses as a community and political leader
  •  increase understanding of the practical strategies to policy making and best practice in local groups and councils.

Who is it for?

The Next Generation programme is for ambitious and talented councillors who are interested in a party political development opportunity. There is also a tailored programme for Councillors represented by the LGA's Independent Group office.

There is a competitive application process and, to apply for any of the programmes, your council must be an LGA member.

For more information on the application criteria for each party stream please contact helen.rankin@local.gov.uk or your LGA political group office.

Application

Applications for the 2016/17 Next Generation programme will be opening shortly. This page will be updated periodically. If you are interested in applying for the Next Generation programme, please follow the links below to the application forms, or contact your political group office.

Conservative Next Generation: 

Dates and locations of the programme are:

  • 11-12 November 2016, Warwick Conference Centre, Coventry
  • 20 – 21 January 2017, Elstree Studios, Hertfordshire
  • 3-4 March 2017, Dunford House, West Sussex

Apply for the Conservative Group Next Generation.
The deadline for applications is Friday 22 July 2016.

If you have any queries please contact angela.page@local.gov.uk in the LGA Conservative Group Office or helen.rankin@local.gov.uk in the LGA Leadership and Localism Team.

Independent Group Next Generation:

The programme will be held at Warwick Conference Centre in Coventry, and will take place across the following dates:

  • 14-15 October 2016
  • 2-3 December 2016
  • 3-4 February 2017

Apply for the Independent Group Next Generation.
The deadline for applications is Friday 22 July 2016.

Labour Next Generation: 

Dates and locations of the programme are:

  • 12-13 November 2016, London
  • 10-11 December 2016, Warwick Conference Centre
  • 21-22 January 2017, Manchester

Apply for the Labour Group Next Generation.
The deadline for applications is Friday 29 July 2016.

If you have any queries please contact martin.angus@local.gov.uk in the LGA Labour Group office or helen.rankin@local.gov.uk in the LGA Leadership and Localism team.

Liberal Democrat Next Generation: 

  • London - 16-18 November
  • Warwick Conference Centre, Coventry - Friday 13 - Sunday 15 January
  • Location TBC - Friday 10 March
  • LGA Liberal Democrat Local Government Conference - Date to be confirmed

If you have any queries please contact terry.stacy@local.gov.uk in the LGA Liberal Democrat Group Office or helen.rankin@local.gov.uk in the LGA Leadership and Localism Team.

Fees

There is no cost to attend the programme, however participants' local authorities must cover travel costs.

For more information contact: Helen Rankin
Telephone 0207 664 3068
Email: 
helen.rankin@local.gov.uk
Or contact your LGA political group office

18 July 2016