Elected Members' Development

The IS works with councils and other partners to provide  high quality and cost-effective training and development opportunities for elected members that help them develop their skills to better govern Scotland's communities.


Our strategic aims are:


  • to provide national direction in anticipating, and planning to meet, the development needs of elected members
  • to provide expertise, advice and support to elected members and to councils in meeting elected members’ development needs
  • to provide a focus for national, regional and local development programmes that support the needs of elected members
  • to promote excellent standards in the provision of development programmes for elected members
  • to encourage collaboration and the sharing of resources to provide high quality and cost-effective development opportunities for elected members


Support available to elected members

We have a non-partisan role to support all elected members in Scotland.  The following support is currently available through our ‘Supporting Elected Member’ programme: