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.

Strategic Thinking Skills

6 September 2016
  • Communication skills
  • Personal development
  • Research, data and evidence

This course is aimed at all those who want to develop their understanding of public sector strategy, and their own strategic thinking skills.

Stakeholder engagement and partnership working

7 September 2016
  • Commissioning and finance
  • Communication skills
  • Stakeholder engagement

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

Brussels Explained: An Overview of the European Union

8 September 2016
  • Communication skills
  • European Union
  • Personal 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

Political Awareness and Influencing Workshop

14 September 2016
  • 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.

Lobbying the European Union: Access and Influence

14 September 2016
  • Communication skills
  • European Union
  • Influencing skills
  • Law

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.

An Overview of Government

15 September 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?

Note Taking at Meetings - Half Day

16 September 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

19 September 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

Taking control of your time

20 September 2016
  • 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.

Thinking on the Spot Techniques

3 October 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?

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.

Summarising Documents Quickly and Accurately

5 October 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.

Critical Decision Making

5 October 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

Strategic Leadership

6 October 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

Confidence at Work

10 October 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

Persuading and Influencing

11 October 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

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

11 October 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

Essential Writing Skills

12 October 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

Assertiveness at Work

12 October 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

Presenting to Persuade

12 October 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.

Advance Writing Skills

13 October 2016
  • 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

Delivering through others

17 October 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.

Time Management

18 October 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 Confident & Effective Leader

19 October 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.

Media Handling

19 October 2016
  • Communication skills
  • Personal development
  • Stakeholder engagement

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

Taking Effective Minutes and Notes

19 October 2016
  • Personal development
  • Research, data and evidence
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • 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

Motivating and Managing Teams

20 October 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.

An Overview of Parliament

25 October 2016
  • Central government
  • Communication skills
  • Parliament
  • Personal development

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

Parliament and Government: Scrutiny and Inquiry

26 October 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.

An Overview of the Legislative Process

27 October 2016
  • Central government
  • Law
  • 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

Building an Effective Business Case

1 November 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.

Public engagement in policy making

2 November 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

De-Clutter Your Work Space

3 November 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

Stakeholder engagement and partnership working

3 November 2016
  • Communication skills
  • 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.

Working with local government in an age of austerity

8 November 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.

Line Management

8 November 2016
  • Communication skills
  • Leadership and management
  • 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

Brussels Explained: An Overview of the European Union

9 November 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

Speed Reading Techniques

9 November 2016
  • Communication skills
  • 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

10 November 2016
  • Communication skills
  • 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.

Putting Social Media to Work

11 November 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.

Generating New Ideas

15 November 2016
  • Communication skills
  • Influencing skills
  • Personal development

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

Strategic Thinking Skills

15 November 2016
  • Communication skills
  • Influencing skills
  • Personal development
  • Research, data and evidence

This course is aimed at all those who want to develop their understanding of public sector strategy, and their own strategic thinking skills.

Lobbying the European Union: Access and Influence

16 November 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.

Influential Communicator

16 November 2016
  • 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

Effective Written Briefings

17 November 2016
  • Communication skills
  • Writing skills

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

Managing Difficult Conversations

17 November 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.

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.

One day Project Management with Agile

22 November 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:

Reading Legislation

6 December 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.

Understanding UK Policy Making

8 December 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.

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

12 December 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.

Persuasive Writing Skills

13 December 2016
  • Communication skills
  • Influencing skills
  • 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 Workshop

14 December 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.

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?