Case Studies

The Department of Education: Northern Ireland, Speech Writing

The department of Education in Northern Ireland The Law Society of Scotland got in touch with Dods Training for a one-day bespoke Speech Writing training, covering a range of speeches and presentations they write.

The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) - Exiting the European Union

Following the result from the referendum on whether the UK would leave the European Union, the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs contacted Dods Training as they wanted us to deliver an overview of the process and implications on the UK’s exit from the EU. 

The Royal Society of Chemistry - Policy Writing

Dods Training were asked to deliver a 1 day training course on policy writing for the Royal Society of Chemistry. The RSC were keen to grasp a better understanding of how to produce a policy brief which will influence policy makers. 

Information Commissioners Office (ICO) - Plain English

Dods Training were approached by the ICO as they realised they needed their staff to be briefed in how to write legal concepts in plain english. 

The Home Office - Assertiveness at Work

The Home Office were keen to understand the difference between assertive and non-assertive behaviours. 

Human Tissue Authority - Root Cause Analysis

Dods Training has delivered a wide range of courses for HTA previously, we were asked to produce a one day bespoke course for the HTA on Root Cause Analysis and risk management. 

Rural Payments Agency - Appearing Before a Select Committee

The RPA were asked to appear in front of the House of Commons Select Committee on Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee and they got in touch with Dods Training to help with the preparations of the appearance. 

Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman - Public Affairs Skills

PHSO was looking for a programme which combines knowledge and soft skills relating to public affairs and working with different stakeholders. Dods Training put together a proposal for a two-day training programme, focusing on the overview of Government and legislation on the first day, and stakeholder engagement skills on the second day.

Defence Science and Technology Laboratory - Appearing Before a Select Committee

DSTL were asked to appear in front of the House of Commons Select Committee on Science and Technology and they got in touch with Dods Training to help with the preparations of the appearance. 

Human Tissue Authority - Taking Effective Minutes and Notes

Having worked closely with HTA previously to deliver a wide range of courses, Dods Training was asked to deliver two runs of our Taking Effective Minutes and Notes course to HTA staff. 

GlaxoSmithKline - Effective Negotiations and Influencing

GSK needed a bespoke skills building session for their team of government affairs professionals working across different countries. They approached Dods Training after identifying a suitable course from our open course offering and asked for it to be condensed and tailored to form part of their larger 3-day programme.

Ministry of Defence - Army Generalship Programme Policy and Politics Module

The General Staff Centre within the Ministry of Defence got in touch with Dods Training to design and deliver the Policy and Politics module within their larger programme.

Manchester Metropolitan University - Understanding Policy and Research

This is the second delivery of a highly bespoke Understanding Policy and Research programme we have put together for senior researchers in the Humanities and Social Science departments in MMU.

Yorkshire Building Society - Speech Writing

Dods Training was contacted by Yorkshire Building Society to run a ½ day bespoke course on Speech Writing as part of their team training day.

The Motorcycle Industry Association - Effective Project Management

MCIA got in touch with Dods Training for a bespoke course on Effective Project Management. Participants include new staff members as well as experienced project managers who haven’t had any formal training.

The Law Society of Scotland - Crisis Communications

Having successfully delivered a number of bespoke courses to the Law Society of Scotland, Dods Training was approached by a colleague who attended previous courses for a one-day programme in crisis communications.

Manchester Metropolitan University - Understanding Policy and Research

MMU got in touch with Dods Training for a highly bespoke course on Understanding Policy and Research. The aim is for researches in their Humanities and Social Science departments to gain a deeper understanding of the policy process in the UK, how they can engage in this process and increase the impact of their policy research.

Cabinet Office Government Digital Service - Briefings and Submissions

The GDS approached Dods Training for a bespoke Briefings and Submissions course for their colleagues with different levels of experience in these types of written communications.  

NHS England Nursing Directorate - Effective Written Communications: Briefings

Dods Training has previously delivered Plain English training for NHS England and we were approached by the Nursing Directorate to run two bespoke courses focusing on written briefings.

Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency - Mechanics of Government

Dods Training was approached to deliver a one-day Mechanics of Government course for DVSA after we successfully delivered another bespoke course for their senior civil servants.

British Academy - Understanding Policy and Research

Dods Training has been running a 2-day bespoke course for the British Academy for the past few years, and this year we were asked to run this highly successfully programme again for a new cohort of British Academy Fellows.

The Law Society of Scotland - Speech Writing

The Law Society of Scotland got in touch with Dods Training for a one-day bespoke Speech Writing training, covering a range of speeches and presentations they write.

Human Tissue Authority - Dealing with Difficult Enquiries

Dods Training has delivered a wide range of courses for HTA previously, and we were approached to design and deliver a one-day bespoke course on dealing with difficult enquiries. These relate particularly to difficult phone enquiries they receive about sensitive subject matters.

The Law Society of Scotland - Generating New Ideas

The Law Society of Scotland got in touch with Dods Training for a ½ day course on Generating New Ideas for staff from their communications team.

Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency - Appearing before a Select Committee

DVSA approached Dods Training for our Appearing before a Select Committee course for their Executive Directors and Senior Leaders. They were anticipating a Select Committee appearance and also looking for development opportunities for their senior staff members.

Pitney Bowes - An Overview of Local Government

In addition to the ½ day course we designed on An Overview of the NHS, Pitney Bowes also approached Dods Training for a bespoke ½ day course on an overview of Local Government, their governance and decision making process, and their buy processes.

Pitney Bowes - An Overview of the NHS

Pitney Bowes got in touch with Dods Training to arrange a ½ day course on an overview of the NHS and their procurement process.

Northern Rail - A Strategic Approach to Public Affairs

Northern Rail approached Dods Training for a bespoke course on how the new Government and the current political landscape will influence their organisation and public affairs strategy.

Kent County Council - Effective Written Briefings

Kent County council got in touch with Dods Training for our Effective Written Briefings course and asked for it to be tailored to cover a wider range of written communications skills.

The British Dietetic Association - Navigating the Political Landscape

BDA got in touch with Dods Training for a highly bespoke course for their England Board, focusing on navigating the political scene and how they can influence at both Westminster and local government level.

Macmillan Cancer Support - Writing to Persuade

Macmillan Cancer Support got in touch with Dods Training for a bespoke course on persuasive writing skills for their staff members.

DWP Communications Academy - Writing Better Submissions

Dods Training provides specific courses for the communications professionals within the academy. They got in touch with Dods Training for a half-day bespoke course on writing better submissions.

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education - Understanding UK Policy Making

QAA contacted Dods Training for a bespoke course on understanding UK policymaking. This will need to be tailored to the specific policy environment in which they operate.

Highways England - Presenting to a Captive Audience

In October we were contacted by Highways England to deliver a tailored version of our Presentation Skills training. The staff at Highways England were keen to develop their own presentation style and build confidence. 

Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority - An Overview of Parliament

Dods Training has worked with IPSA on previous occasions to provide training on ‘An Overview of Parliament’ which received fantastic feedback. They got in touch with us again to ask for another run of the course for their staff members who work in different parts of the organisation.

Advertising Standards Authority - Advertising Regulation: From Theory to Practice

ASA approached Dods Training through Dods Monitoring and asked for a course which covers both theoretical and practical aspects of UK regulation. They are interested in a high level course which would be valuable to their regulatory policy team in particular and covers principles of better regulation.

NHS England - Plain English (Civil Service)

In April 2015 Westminster Explained were asked to put together an agenda for a Plain English Writing Skills Course for staff at NHS England. The premise of the programme was to improve written communications across the whole organisation. 

House of Commons - Data Protection

Dods Training is on the House of Commons framework to deliver different types of training to the House of Commons. We were asked to design a new bespoke course on data protection for Members’ staff.

Information Commissioner's Office - Brussels Explained

The ICO approached Dods Training for our Brussels Explained course for their staff members working across different teams. They wanted to understand the complexities of EU decision making and how it affects the work of the ICO.

The Government Operational Research Service - Speaker session at Induction Conference

GORS approached Dods Training to secure a high level guest speaker for their induction conference taking place in York. They are looking for a speaker with considerable experience in the workings of Whitehall and Westminster to present an overview of Government and Parliament.

Cheshire East Council - Strategic Thinking Skills

Cheshire East Council contacted Dods Training for a series of webinars for their staff members to attend remotely. The third one was on ‘Strategic Thinking Skills’.

DWP Communications Academy - Presentation Skills and Personal Impact

Dods Training provides specific courses for the communications professionals within the academy. They approached us for a bespoke half-day course on ‘Presentation Skills and Personal Impact’, which will be running consecutively for 2 days for members in the academy.

House of Commons - Media Handling and Putting Social Media to Work

Dods Training is on the House of Commons framework to deliver different types of training to the House of Commons. In particular, we deliver bespoke media handling and social media courses to staff working for elected Members of Parliament. 

Competition and Markets Authority - Stakeholder engagement and partnership working

The Competition and Markets Authority wanted a training course that would improve the way staff interacted with stakeholders and make them more effective at engaging with them. They needed a novice level course that would equip the teams with the knowledge and skills needed to become effective. They also wanted the course to be a good mixture of theory and practice.

Tech UK - Policy and Law

TechUK contacted Dods Training for a policy and law course based on our one of our Open Courses. They liked the agenda and the range of topics it covered, and asked for a bespoke course to tailor to their work.

Human Tissue Authority - Taking Effective Notes and Mastering Meetings

Having delivered a range of bespoke courses for the HTA, Dods Training was asked to design a bespoke course focusing on effective notetaking and communication skills during meetings.

Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman - 1:1 Role of an Accounting Officer

After delivering a similar course for staff in the PHSO, Dods Training was asked to put together a 1:1 course for their Finance and Governance Director.

Cheshire East Council - Effective Networking

Cheshire East Council contacted Dods Training for a series of webinars for their staff members to attend remotely. The second one was on ‘Effective Networking’.

ICIBI - Four course series of Analytical Skills, Interviewing Skills, Presentation Skills, and Report Writing Skills

Dods Training has worked with ICIBI before to run a series of four courses aimed to improve skills essential to the work of inspectors. After a new Chief Inspector was appointed, ICIBI got in touch with Dods Training to run the same series to train new staff member and acquaint them with new guidelines for their work.

Cheshire East Council - Managing Difficult Conversations

Cheshire East Council contacted Dods Training for a series of webinars for their staff members to attend remotely. The first one was on ‘Managing Difficult Conversations’.

The Department for Work and Pensions - Understanding Government

The staff at DWP wanted an agenda that would focus on what happens inside government departments and an introduction to Parliament.

British Council - Effective Policy Briefings

British Council contacted Dods Training for a one-day bespoke course that would incorporate a number of training objectives including writing policy briefings for senior colleagues and communication techniques. The key outcome for this training is to ensure colleagues have a greater awareness of the audience’s interests and are able to tailor messages to reflect this. 

Defence Academy - Parliamentary Training and Policy Skills

Dods Training won a competitive tender to deliver a 4-day training programme for a cohort of 77 military staff members who are looking to move into civil service positions within the Ministry of Defence. 

Sponsorship of Arm’s-length bodies

Dods Training was contacted by Civil Service Learning to deliver a program that focused on understanding the different elements of the sponsor role, particularly the role of the sponsor in providing oversight and scrutiny to the body. 

Civil Service Employee Policy - Effective Networking

Civil Service Employee Policy contacted Dods Training for a complete bespoke half-day course on Effective Networking to broaden the knowledge and skill sets for their team and also to serve as an update for their existing skill set. 

HMRC - Preparing for Promotion

After having our expert trainer present at an event last year, HMRC got in touch with Dods Training for the trainer to present again at a graduation summit for their ASCEND talent programme.

Human Tissue Authority - Understanding UK Policy Making

HTA contacted Dods Training for a bespoke one-day course on understanding the UK policy making process. Their key objective is for participants to have a better understanding of impact assessment and consultation.

NEST - Speech Writing

NEST contacted Dods Training for a bespoke one-day course on Speech Writing.

British Standards Institute (BSI) - The General Election: What Happens Next?

With the imminent 2015 UK General Election, BSI got in touch with Dods Training for a new bespoke course on preparing for the outcomes of the election. 

DWP Communications Academy - How to get ahead in the Civil Service

Dods Training provides specific courses for the communications professionals within the academy. They approached us for a bespoke half-day course on ‘How to get ahead in the Civil Service’, which will be running consecutively for 2 days for members in the academy.

Safer Places - Taking Control of Your Time

The Staff at Safer Places were keen to identify new effective ways in which they could manage their time better, prevent procrastination and organise themselves as well as others. 

Department for International Development (DfID)

Dods Training was contacted by DfID via Civil Service Learning to deliver a program that focused on various aspects of Government. The Department for International Development (DfID) leads the UK’s work to end extreme poverty.

British Academy - Influences on Policy Making

The British Academy is the UK’s expert body that supports and speaks for the humanities and social sciences. 

Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) - Transposition of EU Legislation

ASA approached us after looking through our open course offerings and asked for a bespoke course on the Transposition of EU Legislation.

The Disclosure and Barring Service - Understanding the Public Accounts Committee

Dods Training was approached to put together a one-day course on appearing before a select committee for staff members in DBS

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) - Working with and Understanding Local Government

The staff from The Local Government Boundary Commission for England wanted a comprehensive overview of the structures, functions and stakeholders of local government.  

Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) - Machinery of Government

In 2013, Dods Training was contacted by DECC via Civil Service Learning to deliver a program that focused on various aspects of Government. 

Intellectual Property Office - Managing Difficult Conversations Masterclass

In 2014, Dods Training was approached by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) to put together a bespoke half day masterclass version of our existing ‘Managing difficult Conversations’ course. 

Met Office - Overview of Government

In 2015 we delivered a bespoke version of our Overview of Government course for the Met Office.

National Employment Savings Trust (NEST) - Reading Legislation

In 2014, Dods Training and Dods Monitoring were asked by NEST to put together a tailored version of an existing course to be delivered in 2014. NEST is an online pension scheme helping employers to meet new workplace pension duties.

Office of the Public Guardian - Presenting to a Captive Audience

In 2014, Dods Training was approached by the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) to put together a tailored version of our Presentation Skills; after seeing that we deliver high quality bespoke programmes in our newsletter. 

Innovate UK - Appearing before a Select Committee

In autumn 2014 Dods Training was approached to put together a half session on appearing before a select committee. The session was for senior members within Innovate UK to prepare them for any future select committee appearances they may do.

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea - Appearing before a Select Committee

In autumn 2014 Dods Training was approached to put together a half session on Appearing before a Select Committee

Ofgem - Machinery of Government

We were approached in 2014 by Ofgem to deliver a version of our Machinery of Government. The course was for new staff entering into the E-Serve team and for staff who were interested in hearing more about how Government works.

Ofcom - Overview of the Legislative Process

In the summer of 2014, Dods Monitoring were asked for more information on our Overview of Legislation training. 

Royal Bank of Scotland - Taking fast, effective notes

In summer 2014 Dods Training were asked to put together an agenda for ‘note taking’ skills. 

The National Archives - Appearing before a Select Committee

In preparation for appearing before a Select Committee, the National Archives approached us to design and deliver training for some of their senior officers.

Professional Standards Authority - Managing Difficult Conversations

The Professional Standards Authority (PSA) oversees statutory bodies that regulate the health and social care professionals in the UK. 

Association of Police and Crime Commissioners

In 2013 Westminster Explained were successful in securing a contract to provide training services for the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC).

Motor Neurone Disease Association - Working with and Understanding Local Government

In 2013 Dods Training (Westminster Explained) devised a course for the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) on working with and understanding local government. 

Community Futures

As part of the Getting On Board programme, Westminster Explained delivered a series of workshops on how to access decision-makers in Government and on making yourself heard in the community. This bespoke programme was for adults with learning disabilities.

Big Lottery Fund

In 2008 we were approached by The Big Lottery Fund to design and deliver a range of policy skills training.