Courses and events

Our communications skills training courses are free and accessible to the Government Communication Service (GCS) members.

With courses on external affairs, internal communications, marketing, media, and strategic communications, there is a course to help you develop as a professional – whatever the stage of your career.

The majority of our courses are delivered by internal trainers from across departments and organisations and are worth CIPR (Chartered Institute of Public Relations) points which can be used towards your personal development plan.


Book

Book your course by asking the development adviser in your department for the GCS password or contact us if you need to know their details: gcsbookings@cabinetoffice.gov.uk.

Follow the same process to access our on-demand webinars.


Online courses with GCSI

We work in partnership with the Government Communication Service International (GCSI) team to offer online modular courses to GCS members. 

When you sign up you must commit to the full duration of the course. This ranges between 5 to 8 weeks, depending on which course you sign up for.

We will advertise the next course dates through our normal communication channels. We also have a course in development on Digital Communications.

The courses currently available are:


Professional bodies webinars

Watch webinars for free or access resources for a discount through bodies we partner with, such as the Public Relations Consultants Association (PRCA) and the Market Research Society (MRS). Professional bodies details


Digital accessibility and podcasting

Digital accessibility (webinar in partnership with the Government Digital Service (GDS)

Monday 20 July, 11am

Podcasting Essentials

Wednesday 22 July, 3pm

Course/Event Start End
Webinar
Academy: Devolution 101 for Communicators
This 90 minute deep dive into devolution will cover the hows and the what's, but also crucially the whys.
Wednesday 15 July
2:30 pm
Wednesday 15 July
4:00 pm
Webinar
Academy: Online Crisis Response and Media Relations
This course will give you the chance to build your crisis management skills through real-life examples.
Thursday 16 July
9:00 am
Thursday 16 July
12:30 pm
Webinar
Academy: The Art of a Brand
How a simple mark ends up meaning something big as a great logo. This webinar is a lesson into the art of the Brand, and how great branding
Thursday 16 July
10:30 am
Thursday 16 July
11:30 am
Webinar
Academy: Project Management
This session is an introduction to project management aimed at those with little or no previous knowledge.
Thursday 16 July
3:00 pm
Thursday 16 July
4:00 pm
Webinar
Academy: Presenting with Impact
You must first submit a business case to gcsbookings@cabinetoffice.gov.uk detailing why this course would be beneficial for you.
Monday 20 July
9:15 am
Monday 20 July
4:30 pm
Webinar
Academy: Presenting with Impact
You must first submit a business case to gcsbookings@cabinetoffice.gov.uk detailing why this course would be beneficial for you.
Wednesday 22 July
9:15 am
Wednesday 22 July
4:30 pm
Webinar
Academy: Introduction to Internal Communications
You will learn about the standards, principles and best practice in internal communications.
Thursday 23 July
10:00 am
Thursday 23 July
11:00 am
Webinar
Comms Exchange: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Job Retention Scheme Campaign
Join HMRC for an online comms exchange, as they talk through their work around the COVID-19 Job Retention Scheme campaign.
Thursday 23 July
1:45 pm
Thursday 23 July
2:30 pm
Webinar
Academy: Creative Campaigns
An interactive, fun and relaxed session with a lively facilitator with decades of experience in the creative industries.
Friday 24 July
9:30 am
Friday 24 July
4:30 pm
Webinar
Academy: Presenting with Impact
You must first submit a business case to gcsbookings@cabinetoffice.gov.uk detailing why this course would be beneficial for you.
Monday 27 July
9:15 am
Monday 27 July
4:30 pm
Webinar
Academy: Introduction to External Affairs
By the end of this webinar, you will better understand external affairs in the context of the Civil Service.
Monday 27 July
3:00 pm
Monday 27 July
4:00 pm
Webinar
Academy: Incidents - The role for Strategic Communications
This course will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to design and implement strategic communication campaigns.
Wednesday 29 July
2:00 pm
Wednesday 29 July
3:00 pm
Webinar
Academy: Online Crisis Response and Media Relations
This course will give you the chance to build your crisis management skills through real-life examples.
Thursday 30 July
9:00 am
Thursday 30 July
12:30 pm
Webinar
Academy: Communicating Locally
The course will introduce you to the essentials of local campaign planning.
Friday 31 July
11:00 am
Friday 31 July
12:00 pm