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.

Advanced Writing Skills

30 November 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

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.

Taking Effective Minutes and Notes

7 December 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

Introduction to Public Affairs

7 December 2016
  • Central government
  • Communication skills
  • Influencing skills
  • Parliament
  • Stakeholder engagement

An essential course for those new to public affairs, as well as for anyone working in policy making, PR or general communications who want to learn how public affairs can benefit their organisation

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?