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.

Introduction to Public Affairs

5 September 2018
  • Central government
  • Influencing skills
  • Stakeholder engagement

Trainer: Carys Davis

Public Affairs Strategy Workshop - Developing a strategy for your organisation

7 September 2018
  • Communication skills
  • Influencing skills
  • Personal development
  • Stakeholder engagement

Trainer: Carys Davis

Political Awareness and Influencing Workshop

18 September 2018
  • Influencing skills
  • Personal development

Trainer: Paul Richards 

Understanding the NHS

18 September 2018
  • Communication skills
  • Research, data and evidence

Trainer: The Rt Hon Lord Andrew Lansley

Managing Difficult Conversations

19 September 2018
  • Communication skills
  • Personal development

Trainer: Kevin Rowswell 

Working with Local Government

20 September 2018
  • 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.

Building Personal Resilience for you and your teams

21 September 2018
  • Communication skills
  • Personal development
  • Writing skills

Trainer: Jo Clift 

How Policy Works

26 September 2018
  • Policy development

Trainer: Katie Driver 

Briefing with Confidence and Impact

27 September 2018
  • Communication skills
  • Personal development

Trainer: Katie Driver

Taking Control of Your Time

27 September 2018
  • Personal development

Trainer: Kathey Bailey

Confidence at Work

10 October 2018
  • Communication skills
  • Personal development

Trainer: Amanda Tooth 

Persuading and Influencing at Work

11 October 2018
  • Communication skills
  • Influencing skills
  • Personal development

Trainer: Amanda Tooth 

Working with Legislation and Regulation

18 October 2018
  • Central government
  • Legislation

Trainer: Mike Watts

Thinking on the Spot

19 October 2018
  • Communication skills
  • Personal development

Trainer: Jo Clift

Reading Legislation

23 October 2018
  • Law
  • Legislation

Trainer: Daniel Greenberg

Strategic Thinking Skills

23 October 2018
  • Communication skills
  • Personal development

Trainer: Julian Bowrey

Writing Skills Training

25 October 2018
  • Communication skills
  • Writing skills

Trainer: Tina Seth 

Stakeholder Engagement and Partnership Working

30 October 2018
  • Communication skills
  • Influencing skills
  • Stakeholder engagement

Trainer: Tory Batten 

How Parliament Works

30 October 2018
  • 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.

Influencing UK trade policy and outcomes

30 October 2018
  • European Union

This one-day course aims to provide a complete general introduction to trade policy, covering both theory and practice. 

How Government Works

31 October 2018
  • 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.

Policy Implementation

31 October 2018
  • Influencing skills
  • Policy development
  • Stakeholder engagement

This event enables participants to work together with others from a range of backgrounds to understand more about Policy Implementation.