Dods Training

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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.

Appearing before a Select Committee

  • Central government
  • Communication skills
  • Parliament

Appearing before a Select Committee to give evidence is a daunting proposition even for the most confident individual.

Machinery of Government

  • Central government
  • Communication skills
  • Parliament

This workshop provides an overview of Government and Parliament, delves into the world Policy and Legislation and also provides participants with a comprehensive overview of the EU and Devolution

Law and the Legal Framework of the UK

27 November 2014
  • Central government
  • Law
  • Legislation
  • Local government
  • Parliament
  • Policy development

This module will give an overview of the legal framework that underpins government in Britain.

An Overview of the Legislative Process

27 November 2014
  • Central government
  • Law
  • Legislation
  • Parliament
  • Policy development

This workshop will look in detail at the process of legislation including organising the legislative programme, Private Member’s Bills, the passage of a Bill through Parliament; the role of a Bill

Taking Effective Minutes and Notes

27 November 2014
  • Communication skills
  • Leadership and management
  • Personal development
  • Research, data and evidence
  • Writing skills

Taking good notes and minutes is vital to our success and to the success of a meeting.  However, although the role of note- taker carries considerable responsibility, there is there is often very l

Speech Writing

27 November 2014
  • Communication skills
  • Influencing skills
  • Personal development
  • Writing skills

Are you able to compose a strong message, which has a gripping opening and ends on a high note?

Brussels Explained - An Overview of the European Union

2 December 2014
  • Communication skills
  • European Union
  • Legislation
  • Policy development

This invaluable overview of the EU aims to provide participants with crucial knowledge of the workings of the core institutions of the EU, notably the European Commission, the European Council, the

Generating New Ideas

2 December 2014
  • Communication skills
  • Influencing skills
  • Personal development
  • Research, data and evidence

An essential skill in today’s world is being able to come up with different alternatives, different thinking and different approaches.

Effective Written Briefings

2 December 2014
  • Communication skills
  • Personal development
  • Policy development
  • Research, data and evidence
  • Writing skills

Briefings are an essential element in any business, either public or private.

The Law of Judicial Review: the Government in Court

2 December 2014
  • Central government
  • Law
  • Legislation
  • Local government
  • Policy development

This practical workshop examines how, through the process of judicial review, the courts act as a check on government decision making.

Lobbying the European Union Access and Influence

3 December 2014
  • Central government
  • Communication skills
  • European Union
  • Influencing skills
  • Law
  • Legislation
  • Policy development

This seminar looks into the complex world of EU lobbying, investigating how to access decision makers and influence policy making in order to represent or defend your interests.

Advanced Writing Skills

3 December 2014
  • Communication skills
  • Personal development
  • Writing skills

This seminar is designed for those who already have a good command of written English and of grammar, and who wish to pursue the more sophisticated techniques in order to achieve more impact and ge

Policy and Law - Bills, Regulations and Statutory Interpretation

4 December 2014
  • Central government
  • Law
  • Legislation
  • Parliament
  • Policy development

This practical workshop starts by developing skills in analysing policy proposals to see when new policies will require a change in the law.  It then looks at how to produce instructions for lawyer

The Influential Communicator

4 December 2014
  • Communication skills
  • Influencing skills
  • Leadership and management
  • Personal development

To become more effective as an influential and truly effective communicator, you need to be able to develop and improve the strategies and tactics you use to help you get your communications across

Understanding the EU - State Aid

4 December 2014
  • Central government
  • European Union
  • Law
  • Legislation
  • Policy development

This seminar examines the role of the EU in regulating, legislating and administering state aid.  The course will address the importance of institutions, processes and requirements involved with St

Speed Reading

24 February 2015
  • Communication skills
  • Personal development
  • Writing skills

People can feel swamped by the amount of information that they are expected to read and absorb from a wide variety of sources.

Taking Control of Your Time

25 February 2015
  • Leadership and management
  • 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.

Media Handling

25 February 2015
  • Communication skills
  • Personal development
  • Writing skills

In the changing media landscape in which every organisation now has to operate, it is vital there is embedded understanding of how to effectively deal with the full range of media enquiries; from t

Parliament and Government: Scrutiny and Inquiry

26 February 2015
  • Central government
  • Law
  • Parliament

Understanding the mechanics of the UK political system is vital for anyone seeking to work with or influence Parliament and Government.

Building an Effective Business Case

3 March 2015
  • Commissioning and finance
  • Communication skills
  • Influencing skills
  • Leadership and management
  • Personal development
  • Stakeholder engagement

This workshop is designed to provide participants with a practical understanding of how to develop a business case.

Thinking on the Spot Techniques

4 March 2015
  • Communication skills
  • Influencing skills
  • Personal development
  • Writing skills

Do you ever find yourself needing to articulate your ideas rapidly on-the-spot? Do you ever find your mind blanking out under pressure?

Transposition of EU Legislation

5 March 2015
  • Central government
  • European Union
  • Law
  • Legislation
  • Parliament
  • Policy development

This workshop provides an overview of how EU legislation and policy decisions affect the UK, and how we deal with the aftermath.

Presenting to a Captive Audience

5 March 2015
  • Personal development

This relaxed and highly practical session is for anyone who wants to deliver powerful, engaging presentations to influence their audiences.

Brussels Explained - An Overview of the European Union

5 March 2015
  • European Union

This invaluable overview of the EU aims to provide participants with crucial knowledge of the workings of the core institutions of the EU, notably the European Commission, the European Council, the

Putting Social Media to Work

10 March 2015
  • Communication skills
  • Leadership and management
  • Personal development
  • Writing skills

This course is aimed at people who want to explore the opportunities and challenges that using social media in the Public Sector presents.

Stakeholder Engagement and Partnership Working

11 March 2015
  • Commissioning and finance
  • Policy development

Effective stakeholder engagement is recognised across the public, private and third sectors as a vital part of ensuring delivery of business.

Line Management

11 March 2015
  • Communication skills
  • Personal development

You will gain a better understanding of your role as line manager and learn how to get the best results from your team by acting apt in resolving conflict situations, decision making, handling chan

Speech Writing Master Class

11 March 2015
  • Communication skills
  • Influencing skills

Are you able to compose a strong message, which has a gripping opening and ends on a high note?

Taking Effective Minutes and Notes

11 March 2015
  • Communication skills
  • Personal development
  • Writing skills

Taking good notes and minutes is vital to our success and to the success of a meeting.  However, although the role of note- taker carries considerable responsibility, there is there is often very l

An Overview of the Legislative Process

11 March 2015
  • Central government
  • Legislation
  • Parliament

This workshop will look in detail at the process of legislation including organising the legislative programme, Private Member’s Bills, the passage of a Bill through Parliament; the role of a Bill

Strategic Thinking Skills

12 March 2015
  • Communication skills

This session is aimed at all those who want to develop their breadth of perspective and creative thinking. It will look at a range of different techniques that can help achieve this.

Lobbying the European Union: Access and Influence

12 March 2015
  • Communication skills
  • European Union
  • Influencing skills

This seminar looks into the complex world of EU lobbying, investigating how to access decision makers and influence policy making in order to represent or defend your interests.

Understanding UK Policy Making

17 March 2015
  • Central government
  • Local government
  • Parliament
  • Policy development

This interactive, one-day programme is designed to provide participants with an overview of UK policy-making processes, where to engage in those processes and how to start influencing them.

Essential Writing Skills

17 March 2015
  • Personal development
  • Writing skills

This workshop gives delegates the essential writing skills needed for everyday work.  It gives them the techniques that will help ensure that every document they write works hard and achieves its i

An Overview of Parliament

18 March 2015
  • Central government
  • Legislation
  • Local government
  • Parliament

A comprehensive overview of the main parliamentary processes including an introduction to the parliamentary week and procedures in the Commons and the Lords will deepen your understanding of how pa

Confidence at Work

18 March 2015
  • Communication skills
  • Personal development

What gives some people supreme self-confidence?  How do they manage to deal with difficult situations with apparent ease?  How do they maintain such high self-esteem?  In this fascinating and highl

Persuasive Writing Skills

18 March 2015
  • Personal development
  • Writing skills

This workshop is for anyone who needs to write documents, letters, emails and briefings that persuade both individuals and groups of readers.

Political Awareness and Influencing Skills

19 March 2015
  • Central government
  • Communication skills
  • Influencing skills

This one-day, interactive workshop examines in detail the skills and abilities needed to be successful in today’s political environment and secure the best deal for participants’ organisations.

Working With and Understanding Local Government

24 March 2015
  • Local government

This interactive workshop will provide you with a comprehensive overview of the structures, functions and stakeholders of local government.

Effective Written Briefings

24 March 2015
  • Communication skills
  • Writing skills

Briefings are an essential element in any business, either public or private.

An Overview of Government

25 March 2015
  • Central government
  • Local government
  • Parliament

Every day, policy decisions are made that affect our lives in some way. Who makes these decisions, and how? How can government act by common consent when there are so many voices to be heard?

Understanding the EU: State Aid

25 March 2015
  • European Union
  • Personal development

This seminar examines the role of the EU in regulating, legislating and administering state aid.  The course will address the importance of institutions, processes and requirements involved with St

Advanced Writing Skills

26 March 2015
  • Personal development
  • Writing skills

This seminar is designed for those who already have a good command of written English and of grammar, and who wish to pursue the more sophisticated techniques in order to achieve more impact and ge