Polling station staff training
Our new online course is your solution to training hundreds of polling station staff ahead of scheduled elections on 6 May 2021 in a cost-effective and Covid-19 secure way.
The calendar below shows all the courses that have been arranged for the next few months – there is a download option so you can get your own PDF copy if you wish. Our aim is to keep it updated on a month-by-month basis so you’ll always be able to see the courses that are available.
Detailed information will be published here as it becomes available; those for which we already have full details are included in the (alphabetical) list below, in each item of which is a link to those details, including flyers and booking forms, which are also available via the calendar.
It is worth mentioning that, as course fees include VAT at 20%, local authority budgets would only bear the nett cost, and central government funded elections and referendums (via the Cabinet Office) include provision to cover costs of “relevant training”.
Booking forms are available via the links underneath the dates and venues.
Non-members wishing to join the Association (£47.50 plus VAT) may complete and submit the online membership application form.
If delegates from the same Authority wish to attend the same course but on different dates/at different venues please indicate clearly on the booking form.
If you have any questions about any of the courses, please complete and submit the online Training Enquiry Form.
Course booking terms and conditions
If you cannot attend, a substitute from your local authority may attend in your place. Otherwise the following charges will apply:
- Less than two weeks before the event 100%.
- Less than four weeks before the event 60%
- More than four weeks before the event £20.
Alternatively, if spaces are available, you can attend a different venue. To change venue, you should give at least 2 weeks’ notice otherwise charges may apply.
If for any reason a course is cancelled a full refund will be made. No payment for delegate costs that may have been incurred would be reimbursed.
Non attendees are liable for full payment of the event. This includes face-to-face and online training.
If attendees have any concerns regarding connectivity they can email email@example.com to arrange a pre course test.
To outline the steps electoral registration officers (EROs) and returning officers (ROs) are required to take to ensure the smooth running of their absent voting process including the legislative framework and areas of good practice.
This course will cover all types of absent voting and will consider the year-round process, as well as election-specific tasks.
29 January 2021 – Online
8 March 2021 – Online
To provide a clear understanding of the various types of boundary reviews, the legislation surrounding them and how to successfully carry them out.
Community Governance Reviews
To explain the legislative requirements and procedures involved in conducting a community governance review (CGR) in England.
To prepare delegates to submit timely and accurate election accounts which meet Electoral Claims Unit requirements.
19 May 2021 – Online
25 May 2021 – Online
To focus on the key points to be considered to ensure the efficient and effective organisation of elections in May 2021.
20 January 2021 – Online
22 February 2021 – Online
19 March 2021 – Online
Employment and Information Governance – Essentials
This course will provide straightforward explanations of the rules relating to essential areas of employment and information governance that affect the work of electoral services teams.
21 January 2021 – Online
Introduction to Electoral Services
To provide an overview of the work of electoral services teams, including elections and electoral registration.
9 December 2021- Online – Fully booked
10 February 2021 – Online
Key Considerations for Returning Officers and their deputies
This course aims to prepare Returning Officers and Deputy Returning Officers for the responsibilities of these roles.
27 January 2021 – Online
12 February 2021 – Online
31 March 2021 – Online
Maintaining the Register
To outline the steps electoral registration officers (EROs) are required to take to make sure they maintain a complete and accurate register, including the legislative framework and areas of good practice.
This comprehensive and practical course will allow attendees to focus on specific legislation, rules and scenarios that apply to parish councils, also called town or community councils in some areas.
28 January 2021 – Online
Verification and Count
This one-day course provides attendees with an understanding of the legal requirements governing the verification and count, providing examples of good practice to help you run them effectively.
27 January 2021 – Online
25 February 2021 – Online
16 March 2021 – Online
2 – Day Elections
To provide delegates with a comprehensive understanding of managing an election, including the legislative framework and good practice
14 – 15 January 2021 – Online
2 – Day Electoral Registration
To provide delegates with a comprehensive understanding of UK electoral registration, including the legislative framework and areas of good practice.
11 – 12 January 2021 – Online
4 – Day Electoral Administration
To provide delegates with a comprehensive understanding of electoral administration including electoral registration and election management, to include the legislative framework and areas of good practice.
11 – 12 and 14 – 15 January 2021
We have previously been asked to look to provide courses that address skills such as communications and people management and as a result have formed a partnership with Breckland Training Services (BTS). Working with our colleagues at BTS, we have devised three training pathways for AEA members to address these training needs along with the core business of running electoral services.
Development Pathway for New/Inexperienced Electoral Administrators
This programme of courses is designed for those new to electoral services and local government. It aims to provide a good overview that enables delegates to understand the primary elements relating to electoral processes as well as helping them develop key skills for the workplace.
Leadership Development Pathway for Aspiring Electoral Services Managers
We recognise the importance of providing those who become technically competent in the delivery of electoral services the opportunity to take the next step in their career. Given the turnover of Electoral Services staff, it is important that they understand and can interpret the detailed legislation that leads to key decisions being made and how to manage individuals, relationships and teams.
Leadership Development Pathway for Aspiring Local Government Senior Managers
In the current local government landscape, we know many Electoral Services Managers are asked to take on additional responsibilities and we also understand that many have ambitions at working at a senior level. This pathway supports delegates to develop as leaders and understand the wider functions of their Council, its services and the pressures being faced in the sector.
Details on each pathway are here and course dates and booking arrangements are on the current page. If you would like any further information on the new Training Pathways or any of the courses contained in the pathways please email firstname.lastname@example.org.