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.

Managing Difficult Conversations

3 May 2018
  • Communication skills
  • Personal development

Trainer: Kevin Rowswell 

Briefing with Confidence and Impact

24 May 2018
  • Communication skills
  • Personal development

Trainer: Katie Driver

Presenting with Confidence

1 June 2018
  • Communication skills
  • Personal development

Trainer: Matthew Hayden 

How Policy Works

5 June 2018
  • Policy development

Trainer: Katie Driver 

Reading Legislation

5 June 2018
  • Law
  • Legislation

Trainer: Daniel Greenberg

Essential Writing Skills

6 June 2018
  • Communication skills
  • Personal development
  • Writing skills

Trainer: Tina Seth 

Understanding the NHS

6 June 2018
  • Communication skills
  • Research, data and evidence

Trainer: The Rt Hon Lord Andrew Lansley

Working with Legislation and Regulation

7 June 2018
  • Central government
  • Legislation

Trainer: Mike Watts

Taking Control of Your Time

8 June 2018
  • Personal development

Trainer: Kathey Bailey

Business Writing Skills

12 June 2018
  • Communication skills
  • Writing skills

Trainer: Giles Field 

Confidence at Work

12 June 2018
  • Communication skills
  • Personal development

Trainer: Amanda Tooth 

How Parliament Works

12 June 2018
  • Central government
  • Parliament
  • Personal development

This event gives participants a thorough grounding in how Westminster operates, looking at the law-making process and how policy initiatives are scrutinised and challenged.

Persuading and Influencing at Work

13 June 2018
  • Communication skills
  • Influencing skills
  • Personal development

Trainer: Amanda Tooth 

Thinking on the Spot

13 June 2018
  • Communication skills
  • Personal development

Trainer: Jo Clift

Political Awareness and Influencing Workshop

14 June 2018
  • Influencing skills
  • Personal development

Trainer: Paul Richards 

Strategic Thinking Skills

14 June 2018
  • Communication skills
  • Personal development

Trainer: Julian Bowrey

Stakeholder Engagement and Partnership Working

15 June 2018
  • Communication skills
  • Influencing skills
  • Stakeholder engagement

Trainer: Tory Batten 

How Government Works

19 June 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.

Introduction to Public Affairs

19 June 2018
  • Central government
  • Influencing skills
  • Stakeholder engagement

Trainer: Carys Davis

Working with Local Government

20 June 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.

Policy Implementation

20 June 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.