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.

Stakeholder Engagement and Partnership Working

14 September 2017
  • Communication skills
  • Influencing skills
  • Stakeholder engagement

Trainer: Tory Batten 

Taking Control of Your Time

26 September 2017
  • Personal development

Trainer: Felicity Lerouge 

Policy Implementation

27 September 2017
  • Communication skills
  • Policy development

Trainer: Clare Shaw 

Thinking on the Spot

28 September 2017
  • Communication skills
  • Personal development

Trainer: Jo Clift

Presenting with Confidence

4 October 2017
  • Communication skills
  • Personal development

Trainer: Matthew Hayden 

How Parliament Works

11 October 2017
  • Parliament

Trainer: Jenny Willott 

Persuading and Influencing at Work

12 October 2017
  • Communication skills
  • Influencing skills
  • Personal development

Trainer: Amanda Tooth 

Working with Local Government

12 October 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.

How Policy Works

17 October 2017
  • Policy development

Trainer: Katie Driver 

Managing Difficult Conversations

30 October 2017
  • Communication skills
  • Personal development

Trainer: Kevin Rowswell 

Business Writing Skills

21 November 2017
  • Communication skills
  • Writing skills

Trainer: Giles Field 

Essential Writing Skills

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

Trainer: Tina Seth 

Face to Face Briefings

28 November 2017
  • Communication skills
  • Personal development

Trainer: Katie Driver

Political Awareness and Influencing Workshop

29 November 2017
  • Influencing skills
  • Personal development

Trainer: Paul Richards 

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

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.

Brexit: Implications and Impact

8 December 2017
  • European Union

Trainer: Matthew Cocks 

Reading Legislation

8 February 2018
  • Law
  • Legislation

Trainer: Daniel Greenberg

Working with Legislation and Regulation

8 February 2018
  • Central government
  • Legislation

Trainer: Mike Watts

Confidence at Work

13 February 2018
  • Communication skills
  • Personal development

Trainer: Amanda Tooth