Training - Open Courses

Our highly acclaimed open courses are delivered by expert trainers with years of experience both in their subject area and in delivering top quality training. These courses give you the opportunity to learn and to practise your skills in a safe, encouraging environment alongside colleagues from across government and the wider public sector.

Our open courses cover areas such as Parliament, Government, management and leadership, policy and personal development. Please see the open courses below for further details and forthcoming events.

Working with Local Government

8 March 2019
  • Central government
  • Local government

Local public services are delivered by many different agencies. Councils are at the heart of that matrix, providing 600 different services and spending 25% of all government expenditure.

How Government Works

11 March 2019
  • Central government
  • Local government

This interactive one-day course is designed to give participants an overview of how the UK Government works and the role and impact of ministers.

Thinking on the Spot

11 March 2019
  • Communication skills
  • Personal development

Trainer: Jo Clift

Strategic Thinking Skills

13 March 2019
  • Communication skills
  • Personal development

Trainer: Julian Bowrey

Persuading and Influencing at Work

15 March 2019
  • Communication skills
  • Influencing skills
  • Personal development

Trainer: Amanda Tooth 

Stakeholder Engagement and Partnership Working

20 March 2019
  • Communication skills
  • Influencing skills
  • Stakeholder engagement

Trainer: Tory Batten 

Introduction to Public Affairs

25 March 2019
  • Central government
  • Influencing skills
  • Stakeholder engagement

Trainer: Carys Davis

Building Personal Resilience for you and your teams

29 March 2019
  • Communication skills
  • Personal development
  • Writing skills

Trainer: Jo Clift 

Understanding the NHS

14 May 2019
  • Communication skills
  • Research, data and evidence

Trainer: The Rt Hon Lord Andrew Lansley

Reading Legislation

23 May 2019
  • Law
  • Legislation

Trainer: Daniel Greenberg

Political Awareness and Influencing Workshop

23 May 2019
  • Influencing skills
  • Personal development

Trainer: Paul Richards 

Confidence at Work

5 June 2019
  • Communication skills
  • Personal development

Trainer: Amanda Tooth 

How Parliament Works

6 June 2019
  • Central government
  • Parliament
  • Personal development

This event gives participants a thorough grounding in how Westminster operates, looking at the law-making process and how policy initiatives are scrutinised and challenged.

How Policy Works

18 June 2019
  • Policy development

Trainer: Katie Driver 

Briefing with Confidence and Impact

19 June 2019
  • Communication skills
  • Personal development

Trainer: Katie Driver

Public Affairs Strategy Workshop - Developing a strategy for your organisation

19 June 2019
  • Communication skills
  • Influencing skills
  • Personal development
  • Stakeholder engagement

Trainer: Carys Davis

Writing Skills Training

21 June 2019
  • Communication skills
  • Writing skills

Trainer: Tina Seth