Advanced Campaigning Masterclass

This course, led by Conrad Bird, Director of the GREAT Britain campaign and Jessica Pearce, Head of Campaigns and Strategy, Prime Minister’s Office, is aimed at highly-motivated communicators in campaigns roles.

Since its creation in October 2015, the GCS has run five Advanced Campaigning Masterclasses. These unique sessions have taken 50+ highly skilled campaigners through an intensive course, equipping them with the skills needed to become future Heads of Campaigns and Directors of Communications at the heart of government.

This immersive and hands on programme, spread over two half days in Whitehall, attempts to put participants in the campaigning mindset.

The next session will be running for 10 experienced campaigners across two dates in June, with applications open from now until 12:00 midday on Friday, 4th May.

We aim to notify successful candidates week commencing 14th May.

Who its for?

SIO to Grade 6 candidates who are:

  • Actively involved in campaigns as part of their current role (these do not have to include paid for marketing campaigns)
  • Fully familiar with and regularly use the OASIS framework
  • Fully familiar with EAST and Behaviour Change principles

Successful applicants must also have read ‘Campaign It’ by Alan Barnard and Chris Parker prior to the sessions.

To apply

Please complete the application form [Word doc, 19kb] and send to Alisa Janmohamed (alisa.janmohamed@cabinetoffice.gov.uk) by 12:00 midday on Friday, 4th May.

Objectives

By the end of the sessions, candidates will:

  • Feel more confident to work on campaigns under pressure
  • Have a taster of life in the Prime Minister’s campaigns team
  • Understand the importance of personal and departmental influence
  • Get detailed feedback on their personal presentation style and creative ideas
  • Be able to think strategically whilst ensuring attention to detail

Participant testimonials

“This was an excellent masterclass. My learning from it has immediately impacted the campaigns that I work on and made me more effective. I am very grateful for the experience.” – Head of Country Comms, DfID

“It was the first time I went back to the office completely fired up from a training session. I now want to review all of my campaigns and will be a much more assertive defender of campaigning within my department.” – Strategic Communications Manager, Defra

“A great, well-structured course with compelling content and a diverse cohort that really added to the experience for me.” – Campaigns Lead, MHRA

“I now have a lot more knowledge, skills and examples of successful campaigns to draw on for future planning” – Senior Campaigns Manager, GCS Local

“Great course, very different approach to the usual tactics focussed communications training. I felt that I had been given an incredibly useful new tool to add to my toolbox as a government communicator.” – Campaign Lead, BEIS

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