Courses and events

Boost your communication skills and knowledge with our free courses and learning resources, as part of our curriculum.

Topics include for example external affairs, internal communications, digital communication, marketing, media, strategic communications and leadership.

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Calendar of training and courses

GCS Academy

Course/Event Start End
Introduction to behavioural science for communicators
This is an introductory webinar to behavioural science, explaining the COM-B model and how it applies to communications.
Monday 10 October
10:00 am
Monday 10 October
11:00 am
Introduction to Communications - Register Your Interest
Introduction to Communications
Monday 10 October
10:00 am
Friday 18 November
9:30 pm
Introduction to Strategic Communications, start your journey
Introduction to Strategic Communications
Tuesday 18 October
9:30 am
Tuesday 18 October
10:30 am
Advanced Strategic Comms, Turning confusing problems into clear solutions
This is an Advanced Strategic Comms Course Advanced Strategic Comms, Turning confusing problems into clear solutions
Tuesday 8 November
9:30 am
Tuesday 8 November
12:30 pm
Creating a communications approach for a new senior leader
Three ways you can land a senior leader into your organisation
Thursday 10 November
10:30 am
Thursday 10 November
12:00 pm

Feedback on live training

“Advanced Behaviour Science”

All the illustrative examples – so helpful!

It was an excellent session. Super engaging and the right amount of detail for my level.

All the content, exercises and case studies were well-thought of.

“Get with the F-A-C-Ts! Monitoring and countering mis- and disinformation”

The specific definition of misinformation and disinformation, at the start of the course, was particularly helpful, as it drew a line between cases of misunderstanding and cases of more deliberate intent. I also found the section on practical tips for countering misinformation that you detect especially helpful.

I found it really useful to go through all the theory of the topic in the way it was, and to have examples of the FACT model’s application dispersed within – particularly as I was new to this content.

New on-demand learning

Newest learning resources:

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To book your course or access our content, you need to:

  • be a government communicator, part of the Government Communication Service (GCS)
  • ask the development adviser in your department for the GCS password or contact us to know their details: (it is the same password to book events and to watch webinars)
  • You will get Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points per learning.

Learn and develop

On-demand learning

The majority of our courses are delivered by internal trainers from across departments and organisations. Use your learning pathway with our curriculum then record your activities in your personal development plan (PDP). Choose from:

Other learning opportunities

Here we signpost to other learning opportunities.

Presenting Confidently

Whether you are presenting at internal meetings, briefings and public events to large or small groups of people, the techniques in this course will enable you to get your message across more effectively and confidently.

Central Digital and Data Office (CDDO) October programme of events

Central Digital and Data Office (CDDO) are hosting an Autumn of Digital Learning, which is a programme of events including online courses, live webinars and other opportunities from Tuesday 4 October to Monday 31 October.


DataConnect is a week-long festival of all things data across government, local government and the UK public sector, running from Monday 26 to Friday 30 September 2022. All the sessions are online via either Microsoft Teams or Google Meet and are held between 9 am to 5 pm.

Civil Service Learning

The Civil Service Learning website offers learning and development that supports you to provide excellent public services.

Government Campus explained video (3 minutes 30):

Civil Service Live 2022 Replay

Six events took place in June and July spanning five locations across the UK. The series saw more than 15,000 colleagues come together to learn new skills, network, build stronger departmental relationships and discover new, innovative ways of working.

If you did not register for Civil Service Live: sign up here to access Civil Service Live Replay.

If you did register for Civil Service Live: see the email in your inbox from with your personal access PIN for immediate access. If you haven’t received the email yet, you will receive it shortly.

The on-demand content library will be available to access until January 2023.