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.

Business Writing Skills

21 November 2017
  • Communication skills
  • Writing skills

Trainer: Giles Field 

Stakeholder Engagement and Partnership Working

23 November 2017
  • Communication skills
  • Influencing skills
  • Stakeholder engagement

Trainer: Tory Batten 

Essential Writing Skills

23 November 2017
  • Communication skills
  • Personal development
  • Writing skills

Trainer: Tina Seth 

Political Awareness and Influencing Workshop

29 November 2017
  • Influencing skills
  • Personal development

Trainer: Paul Richards 

Thinking on the Spot

30 November 2017
  • Communication skills
  • Personal development

Trainer: Jo Clift

Introduction to Public Affairs

5 December 2017
  • Central government
  • Influencing skills
  • Stakeholder engagement

Trainer: Carys Davis

Strategic Thinking Skills

5 December 2017
  • Communication skills
  • Personal development

Trainer: Julian Bowrey

Persuading and Influencing at Work

6 December 2017
  • Communication skills
  • Influencing skills
  • Personal development

Trainer: Amanda Tooth 

Understanding the NHS

6 December 2017
  • Communication skills
  • Research, data and evidence

Trainer: The Rt Hon Lord Andrew Lansley

How Government Works

7 December 2017
  • 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.

Managing Difficult Conversations

7 December 2017
  • Communication skills
  • Personal development

Trainer: Kevin Rowswell 

Brexit: Implications and Impact

8 December 2017
  • European Union

Trainer: Matthew Cocks 

Working with Local Government

8 December 2017
  • 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.

Presenting with Confidence

8 December 2017
  • Communication skills
  • Personal development

Trainer: Matthew Hayden 

How Policy Works

7 February 2018
  • Policy development

Trainer: Katie Driver 

Reading Legislation

8 February 2018
  • Law
  • Legislation

Trainer: Daniel Greenberg

Working with Legislation and Regulation

8 February 2018
  • Central government
  • Legislation

Trainer: Mike Watts

Face to Face Briefings

8 February 2018
  • Communication skills
  • Personal development

Trainer: Katie Driver

Confidence at Work

13 February 2018
  • Communication skills
  • Personal development

Trainer: Amanda Tooth 

Taking Control of Your Time

13 February 2018
  • Personal development

Today's working environment demands more of people in less time with fewer resources, and it becomes easy to get overwhelmed and lose sight of the priorities.