Dods Training

Leaders in Learning

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

Effective Project Management

  • Communication skills
  • Personal development

This one day workshop is a highly participative event, harnessing the power of peer learning.

Public Private Partnerships within UK Health Sector

  • Policy development
  • Stakeholder engagement

Public Private Partnerships within UK Health Sector

Understanding and Communicating with the SNP

  • Central government
  • Influencing skills
  • Legislation
  • Parliament
  • Policy development

This one day, interactive workshop examines in detail the skills and abilities needed to effectively communicate SNP parliamentarians in Westminster.

Understanding the EU: State Aid

  • European Union
  • Personal development

This course 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 Sta

Thinking on the Spot Techniques

3 May 2016
  • Influencing skills
  • Personal development

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

Media Handling

18 May 2016
  • Communication skills
  • Personal development

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

Persuasive Writing Skills

19 May 2016
  • Communication skills
  • Influencing skills
  • 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.

Speed Reading Techniques

24 May 2016
  • Communication skills
  • Policy development

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 May 2016
  • Communication skills
  • 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.

Summarising Documents Quickly and Accurately

1 June 2016
  • Communication skills
  • Personal development

Information overload drastically affects the efficiency and effectiveness of an organisation but it is a problem that is all too common.

From EU Directive to UK Law - How legislation is negotiated and transposed

8 June 2016
  • Communication skills
  • European Union
  • Personal development

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

Brussels Explained: An Overview of the European Union

9 June 2016
  • Commissioning and finance
  • European Union
  • Influencing skills

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

Note Taking at Meetings - Half Day

9 June 2016
  • Communication skills
  • Writing skills

The aim of this half day course is to help participants understand current best practice so that they can have more confidence in their role as note-taker, in both formal and informal meetings.

Running Effective Meetings - Half Day

10 June 2016
  • Communication skills
  • Leadership and management

The aim of this course is to help participants understand how to get the right “culture” for their meetings; to identify what they can do to build a good relationship with their note-taker; to impr

Strategic Thinking Skills

14 June 2016
  • Communication skills
  • Influencing skills
  • Personal development

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.

An Overview of Parliament

14 June 2016
  • Central 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

Public engagement in policy making

15 June 2016
  • Communication skills
  • Policy development

With Open Policy Making a key part of the Civil Service Reform plan, there is increasingly an expectation that ordinary citizens will not just passively receive decisions and services, but be activ

Parliament and Government: Scrutiny and Inquiry

15 June 2016
  • Central government
  • Communication skills
  • Influencing skills
  • Parliament

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

Strategic Leadership

16 June 2016
  • Communication skills
  • Leadership and management
  • Personal development

Leadership at the Strategic Level is complex and demanding.  This course is designed to provide a framework for senior leaders to explore their own personal response to the challenges of strategic

Line Management

16 June 2016
  • Communication skills
  • Leadership and management
  • Personal development

This course aims To raise participants’ awareness of elements of management specific to the Civil Service; to deepen their understanding of how best to meet the expectations of their staff and empl

Critical Decision Making

17 June 2016
  • Commissioning and finance
  • Communication skills
  • Leadership and management
  • Personal development
  • Stakeholder engagement

This course aims to give leaders a framework for developing best practice approaches to making good decisions under stress.  Huge investment and careful research has gone into designing effective s

Political Awareness and Influencing Workshop

21 June 2016
  • Central government
  • Communication skills
  • Influencing skills
  • Leadership and management
  • Personal development
  • Research, data and evidence
  • Stakeholder engagement

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.

Delivering through others

22 June 2016
  • Communication skills
  • Influencing skills
  • Leadership and management
  • Personal development

The Public Sector Policy context is increasingly complex.  Many of those working within this context often find themselves having to work with Stakeholders or deliver through others.

Presenting to Persuade

22 June 2016
  • Communication skills
  • Influencing skills
  • Stakeholder engagement

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

Working with local government in an age of austerity

28 June 2016
  • Central government
  • Local government

Councils in the UK provide over 600 different services and are responsible for 25% of government spend. Since 2010 councils have seen their budgets reduce by 1/3 with more to come.

Confidence at Work

29 June 2016
  • Communication skills
  • Influencing 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

The Confident & Effective Leader

29 June 2016
  • Communication skills
  • Leadership and management
  • Personal development

This course is designed as a positive, encouraging and equipping experience to help those new to Leadership feel confident in their role and find their own personal leadership style.

Persuading and Influencing

30 June 2016
  • Communication skills
  • Influencing skills
  • Leadership and management
  • Personal development
  • Stakeholder engagement

In this highly intensive, interactive and fun workshop you'll learn how to win people over (whether it’s colleagues, clients or your boss) in any situation including meetings, negotiations and pres

Motivating and Managing Teams

30 June 2016
  • Communication skills
  • Influencing skills
  • Leadership and management
  • Personal development

This course is a practical introduction to management and motivation theory designed to equip managers to lead an effective, well managed and highly motivated team.

Lobbying the European Union: Access and Influence

30 June 2016
  • Communication skills
  • European Union

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.

De-Clutter Your Work Space

1 July 2016
  • Personal development

The aim of this course is to help participants clarify their own definition of a calm and uncluttered work environment; to understand their own behaviour patterns so that they can begin to find way

Assertiveness at Work

4 July 2016
  • Communication skills
  • Influencing skills
  • Leadership and management
  • Personal development

This course aims to teach delegates through different learning techniques the skills they need to assert their authority in the right way and give them the tools to apply this back at their workpla

Effective Written Briefings

5 July 2016
  • Communication skills
  • Writing skills

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

Time Management

5 July 2016
  • Communication skills
  • Personal development

This course gives participants the opportunity to discover some of the myths about what time management is, how they can use their time effectively and techniques they can adopt if they feel they a

The Influential Communicator

6 July 2016
  • Communication skills
  • Influencing skills
  • 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

An Overview of the Legislative Process

7 July 2016
  • Central government
  • Law
  • 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

Stakeholder Engagement and Partnership Working

7 July 2016
  • Communication skills
  • Leadership and management
  • Personal development
  • Stakeholder engagement

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

Managing Difficult Conversations

7 July 2016
  • Communication skills
  • Leadership and management
  • Personal development
  • Stakeholder engagement

We all have to face difficult conversations at times, whether it’s with customers, colleagues, staff, stakeholders or your manager.

Manager as Coach

8 July 2016
  • Communication skills
  • Personal development

Coaching is now seen by many as a key skill for managers to develop.

Parliamentary Questions

11 July 2016
  • Central government
  • Communication skills
  • Parliament

The key to constructing an effective reply to a Parliamentary Question is to get inside the mind of the questioner and choose the key messages that your organisation and the responsible Minister wa

Understanding UK Policy Making

12 July 2016
  • Communication skills
  • 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.

Living a good & fulfilling life: Wellbeing in Policy and Practice

12 July 2016
  • Communication skills
  • Influencing skills
  • Policy development

This workshop is ideal for anyone wanting to understand how to understand the shift to wellbeing, the latest

An Overview of Government

13 July 2016
  • Central government
  • Local government

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?

Essential Writing Skills

13 July 2016
  • Communication skills
  • 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

Building an Effective Business Case

14 July 2016
  • Communication skills
  • Influencing skills
  • Personal development
  • Stakeholder engagement

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

Advanced Writing Skills

14 July 2016
  • Communication skills
  • Influencing 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

Reading Legislation

19 July 2016
  • Influencing skills
  • Law
  • Legislation

This workshop will look in detail at the structure of legislation and what to look out for when reading it. The workshop will also explore how and when to influence legislation.

One day Project Management with Agile

19 July 2016
  • Communication skills
  • Leadership and management
  • Personal development
  • Stakeholder engagement

Anyone embarking on a new project or developing skills in order to carry out projects successfully in the public sector, particularly:

Putting Social Media to Work

21 July 2016
  • Communication skills
  • Influencing skills
  • Personal development
  • Stakeholder engagement

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

Digital by Default

26 July 2016
  • Central government
  • Communication skills
  • Influencing skills
  • Leadership and management
  • Local government
  • Stakeholder engagement

Digital is changing the way organisations work; it can be a disruptive, existential threat or an opportunity to establish a new, deeper relationship with your service users and empower colleagues.

Your Message in Sixty Seconds

4 October 2016
  • Communication skills
  • Influencing skills
  • Personal development

This workshop tackles the communication challenge of our age – seeking to get our point across when we and our audiences have more and more pressures on our time.

Equality and Diversity Workshop

22 November 2016
  • Communication skills
  • Leadership and management
  • Personal development

This lively, interactive and practical workshop will explore how equality and diversity affects the working environment and the dynamics of an organisation.

Speech-writing Master Class

15 December 2016
  • Communication skills
  • Personal development
  • Writing skills

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