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.

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.

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.

Building Personal Resilience for you and your teams

1 February 2019
  • Communication skills
  • Personal development
  • Writing skills

Trainer: Jo Clift 

Understanding the NHS

5 February 2019
  • Communication skills
  • Research, data and evidence

Trainer: The Rt Hon Lord Andrew Lansley

Reading Legislation

7 February 2019
  • Law
  • Legislation

Trainer: Daniel Greenberg

Taking Control of Your Time

7 February 2019
  • Personal development

Trainer: Kathey Bailey

Thinking on the Spot

12 February 2019
  • Communication skills
  • Personal development

Trainer: Jo Clift

Managing Difficult Conversations

14 February 2019
  • Communication skills
  • Personal development

Trainer: Kevin Rowswell 

Briefing with Confidence and Impact

27 February 2019
  • Communication skills
  • Personal development

Trainer: Katie Driver

How Policy Works

28 February 2019
  • Policy development

Trainer: Katie Driver 

Confidence at Work

1 March 2019
  • Communication skills
  • Personal development

Trainer: Amanda Tooth 

Introduction to Public Affairs

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

Trainer: Carys Davis

Public Affairs Strategy Workshop - Developing a strategy for your organisation

6 March 2019
  • Communication skills
  • Influencing skills
  • Personal development
  • Stakeholder engagement

Trainer: Carys Davis

Political Awareness and Influencing Workshop

7 March 2019
  • Influencing skills
  • Personal development

Trainer: Paul Richards 

Working with Local Government

12 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.

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