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.

Presenting with Confidence

6 February 2018
  • 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

Briefing with Confidence and Impact

8 February 2018
  • Communication skills
  • Personal development

Trainer: Katie Driver

Working with Local Government

9 February 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.

Managing Difficult Conversations

12 February 2018
  • Communication skills
  • Personal development

Trainer: Kevin Rowswell 

Confidence at Work

13 February 2018
  • Communication skills
  • Personal development

Trainer: Amanda Tooth 

Taking Control of Your Time

13 February 2018
  • Personal development

Trainer: Kathey Bailey

Stakeholder Engagement and Partnership Working

14 February 2018
  • Communication skills
  • Influencing skills
  • Stakeholder engagement

Trainer: Tory Batten 

Persuading and Influencing at Work

14 February 2018
  • Communication skills
  • Influencing skills
  • Personal development

Trainer: Amanda Tooth 

Thinking on the Spot

14 February 2018
  • Communication skills
  • Personal development

Trainer: Jo Clift

Essential Writing Skills

15 February 2018
  • Communication skills
  • Personal development
  • Writing skills

Trainer: Tina Seth 

Brexit: Implications and Impact

20 February 2018
  • European Union

Trainer: Matthew Cocks 

Understanding the NHS

20 February 2018
  • Communication skills
  • Research, data and evidence

Trainer: The Rt Hon Lord Andrew Lansley

How Government Works

21 February 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

21 February 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.

Business Writing Skills

22 February 2018
  • Communication skills
  • Writing skills

Trainer: Giles Field 

Strategic Thinking Skills

23 February 2018
  • Communication skills
  • Personal development

Trainer: Julian Bowrey

Political Awareness and Influencing Workshop

27 February 2018
  • Influencing skills
  • Personal development

Trainer: Paul Richards 

Introduction to Public Affairs

6 March 2018
  • Central government
  • Influencing skills
  • Stakeholder engagement

Trainer: Carys Davis

How Parliament Works

8 March 2018
  • Central government
  • Parliament
  • Personal development

The aim of this course is to give you an understanding as to How Parliament Works in practice.