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.


Booking a course

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.

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.

GCS academy: webinars and podcasts

To further support learning and development across our profession, we offer the following:

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; between 5 to 8 weeks, depending on which course you sign up for.

The courses available are as follow:

Modules are released week by week and you can finish them at your own pace provided this is within the timeframe allowed for the whole course. We will advertise the next course dates through our normal communication channels.

Register your interest by signing up to the waiting list for any of these GCSI courses.

Day courses with GCS

The courses available are as follow, keep checking our calendar for new start dates:

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).


Course/Event Start End
Webinar
Academy: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Marketing
At the end of this session, participants will know more about the relationship between thoughts, attitudes and behaviour, and more.
Wednesday 2 December
12:30 pm
Wednesday 2 December
1:45 pm
Online-course
Academy: Creative Campaigns - FULLY BOOKED
An interactive, fun and relaxed session with a lively facilitator with decades of experience in the creative industries.
Friday 4 December
9:30 am
Friday 4 December
5:00 pm
Online-course
Academy: Online Crisis Response and Media Relations - RESCHEDULED
This course will give you the chance to build your crisis management skills through real-life examples.
Tuesday 8 December
9:00 am
Tuesday 8 December
12:30 pm
Comms-exchange
Comms exchange: The FSA is ‘Here to Help’
Looking to use insight to inform your campaigns to amplify your messaging? This comms exchange can't be missed.
Tuesday 8 December
3:15 pm
Tuesday 8 December
4:00 pm
Online-course
Academy: Building Trust in the Networked Age
In this half-day session, Nick Barron will explore various aspects of trust as relevant to communicators today.
Friday 11 December
9:30 am
Friday 11 December
1:30 pm
Online-course
Academy: Practical Approach to Planning, Insight & Evaluation -FULLY BOOKED
This course will demonstrate the value and importance of good audience insight as you work through every stage of the OASIS model.
Tuesday 15 December
9:30 am
Tuesday 15 December
4:30 pm
Online-course
Academy: Online Crisis Response and Media Relations - RESCHEDULED
This course will give you the chance to build your crisis management skills through real-life examples.
Wednesday 16 December
9:00 am
Wednesday 16 December
12:30 pm
Online-course
Academy: Advanced strategic thinking, leadership and communication
You must first submit a business case (https://forms.gle/VnaAKasPzr5DHkfY9) detailing why this course would be beneficial for you.
Wednesday 16 December
9:30 am
Wednesday 16 December
4:30 pm
Online-course
Academy: Online Crisis Response and Media Relations
This course will give you the chance to build your crisis management skills through real-life examples.
Tuesday 12 January
9:00 am
Tuesday 12 January
12:30 pm
Webinar
Academy: Objective Setting and Strategic Problem Solving
In this half-day course, you will learn how to identify the right objectives and metrics for your campaign or project.
Tuesday 12 January
9:30 am
Tuesday 12 January
12:30 pm
Online-course
Academy: Citizen Experience
This course aims to give participants the tools to create a great citizen experience within the marketing discipline.
Tuesday 19 January
1:30 pm
Tuesday 19 January
5:00 pm
Online-course
Academy: Creative Campaigns
An interactive, fun and relaxed session with a lively facilitator with decades of experience in the creative industries.
Thursday 21 January
9:30 am
Thursday 21 January
5:00 pm
Online-course
Academy: Presenting with Impact
You must submit a business case (http://bit.ly/PresentingWithImpactBusinessCase) on why this course would be beneficial for you.
Friday 22 January
9:30 am
Friday 22 January
4:30 pm
Online-course
Academy: Paid Social Advertising: Focusing on what matters
At the end of the session, participants will have learned about marketing theory and how to execute it through paid social channels.
Tuesday 26 January
1:00 pm
Tuesday 26 January
1:45 pm