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.

Thinking on the Spot

3 September 2019
  • Communication skills
  • Personal development

Trainer: Jo Clift

Introduction to Public Affairs

4 September 2019
  • Central government
  • Influencing skills
  • Stakeholder engagement

Trainer: Carys Davis

Public Affairs Strategy Workshop - Developing a strategy for your organisation

5 September 2019
  • Communication skills
  • Influencing skills
  • Personal development
  • Stakeholder engagement

Trainer: Carys Davis

Confidence at Work

10 September 2019
  • Communication skills
  • Personal development

Trainer: Amanda Tooth 

Political Awareness and Influencing Workshop

19 September 2019
  • Influencing skills
  • Personal development

Trainer: Paul Richards 

Stakeholder Engagement and Partnership Working

26 September 2019
  • Communication skills
  • Influencing skills
  • Stakeholder engagement

Trainer: Tory Batten 

How Parliament Works

26 September 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 Government Works

27 September 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.

Understanding the NHS

27 September 2019
  • Communication skills
  • Research, data and evidence

Trainer: The Rt Hon Lord Andrew Lansley

Persuading and Influencing at Work

7 October 2019
  • Communication skills
  • Influencing skills
  • Personal development

Trainer: Amanda Tooth 

Successful Conversations - Achieving personal impact in professional communications

8 October 2019
  • Communication skills
  • Personal development

Trainer: Kevin Rowswell 

Strategic Thinking Skills

15 October 2019
  • Communication skills
  • Personal development

Trainer: Julian Bowrey

Briefing with Confidence and Impact

15 October 2019
  • Communication skills
  • Personal development

Trainer: Katie Driver

How Policy Works

16 October 2019
  • Policy development

Trainer: Katie Driver 

Writing Skills Training

16 October 2019
  • Communication skills
  • Writing skills

Trainer: Tina Seth 

Reading Legislation

29 October 2019
  • Law
  • Legislation

Trainer: Daniel Greenberg

Working with Local Government

29 October 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.