Find out about your professional development opportunities within communications in the Civil Service.
We encourage communications professionals to move across roles to broaden their skills and experience. We also provide a competency framework and a core curriculum of professional development to make sure Government Communication Service (GCS) professionals can deliver world-class campaigns.
Our curriculum helps communicators build skills across the key Modern Communications Operation Model (MCOM) disciplines, with a blended learning offer of live and recorded webinars, podcasts, guides and online learning.
You should develop capability in all five disciplines: external affairs, marketing, media, internal communication and strategic communication. You also need to consider your leadership and personal impact skills.
GCS academy: webinars and podcasts
To further support learning and development across our profession, we offer the following:
For access, contact your department’s development advisor or email email@example.com.
Plan your professional development
As a government communication professional and GCS member, you are required to complete at least 4 Continuous Professional Development (CPD) activities each year. To do this you need to:
- register as a member of the GCS
- plan and fill in your professional development plan
- read the recommended publications in each of the disciplines
We offer learning and development for different levels:
- essential: GCS standards and essentials that apply to all new government communicators
- practitioner: new or developing your expertise in that discipline
- advanced: experienced professionals in that discipline
The GCS learning strategy follows the Civil Service Learning 70:20:10 model:
- 70% is self-managed (on the job, special projects, most modern online learning, research, reading, experimentation and reflective practice)
- 20% through others (observation, feedback, mentoring, coaching and peer support activities)
- 10% in the classroom (formal training, courses and organised events)
*Source: Career Architect Development Planner (3rd edition) 2000 by Michael M. Lombardo & Robert W. Eichinger.
Start your professional development:
- discover the Career Framework
- use our guidance
- attend courses through professional bodies we partner with
- become a mentor or a mentee
- take part in our accelerated development programmes
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