Skilled People – Better Outcomes

Thursday 16 March 2017

Next month marks the start of the new professional learning curriculum for government communicators. To start the preparations for its launch, GCS recently hosted leading communicators from public services including Natural England, Ofsted, Environment Agency, Student Loans, Network Rail, NHS Business Services and the UK Space Agency.

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What can we learn from the past 100 years?

Thursday 9 March 2017

Monday 6 March saw the launch of ‘A Celebration: 100 Years of Government Communications’. It was in 1917 that the government of the day set up the Ministry of Information. 100 years later, we are the GCS.

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Returning to work – rediscover your career mojo

Wednesday 8 March 2017

Personal reflections from a GCS communications professional one year after maternity leave.

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GCS and LG Comms masterclass

Wednesday 22 February 2017

On 15 February, GCS and LG Comms held a joint campaigns masterclass showcasing the best of local and central government campaigns from the Public Service Communications Excellence Awards.

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Leadership Lunch & Learn

Tuesday 14 February 2017

This month sees the launch of a new series of ‘Leadership Lunch & Learn’ events, designed to share expertise and experience amongst developing leaders across GCS in an informal, discursive environment. What’s more, they fit into a lunch hour.

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Creativity: it’s just connecting things

Wednesday 25 January 2017

So said Steve Jobs, one of the archetypes of creative thinking. But what exactly is it? Creativity – the use of original ideas to create something – can feel rather mystical. While my five-year-old has creative ideas fizzing out of her, as adults we can feel more constrained… often reaching for a mass of post-it notes as a default in a meeting room brainstorm in the hope that they will help deliver a lightbulb moment!

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An update on my journey within the GCS Flex Team

Tuesday 24 January 2017

I am now 5 months into my role on the GCS Flex Team. My first posting was at the Department of Education, where I got to work with a great team on the Safety and Wellbeing desk for 3 months.

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My OASIS gig in Bristol

Tuesday 17 January 2017

No, sadly, the 90s super-band were not performing an intimate surprise set-list at Bristol’s Yurt Lush last Monday. Those turning up for guitar led anthems would have been severely disappointed to encounter me, and a presentation on how OASIS communication planning applies to internal communications. I wonder now how old this joke is… never mind (wait, another 90s classic is creeping in… I am showing my age. Stop.)

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A Plan for All Seasons

Monday 16 January 2017

Last August, on the hottest day of the summer, a group of enthusiastic colleagues from across GCS made the heroic choice to forego the temptation of an ice cream in the park in favour of a workshop in a sweltering Whitehall basement, at which they collaborated productively to scope out the latest phase of continuous improvement priorities for the GCS

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Giorgio Di Tunno, Government Communications Service Apprentice

Friday 13 January 2017

My name is Giorgio Di Tunno and I am a Government Communications Service Apprentice. I started my apprenticeship as an 18-year-old, straight out of sixth form. The role has provided me with an immediate hands-on experience of working as a communications professional.

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