Inspire programme

Inspire nominations are open from the 1 September until 15 September 2020

Designed to accelerate the leadership development of high potential senior GCS professionals (grade 6/7), Inspire is an intensive blended development programme running over 15 months, leading to a Postgraduate Diploma in Strategic Communication Leadership, with an option to continue to an MSc.

The programme aims to: 

  • develop exceptional communication leaders and practitioners 
  • build a strong talent pipeline for future senior communications roles

Programme format

The programme runs for 15 months and participants study towards a postgraduate diploma in Strategic Communication Leadership with our academic partner, the University of Huddersfield Business School. There is the option to continue to an MSc level degree.  Inspire also offers participants mentoring and coaching.

Who can apply

  • Applicants must be current government communicators working at Grade 7 and Grade 6 level
  • Applicants must have the aspiration to progress and take on key senior leadership roles within government communications
  • Applicants should be confident that they can dedicate enough time and energy to get the most out of their participation in the programmes and attend all the mandatory modules
  • Applicants must not be participants in any other government accelerated learning programme

Nominations 2020

All nominations require Director of Communication sign off before submission.

GCS will be hosting 3 Inspire Nomination Process sessions via Google Meets before the opening of the nomination window:

  • session 1: 25 August 2020 from 12:00 noon to 1pm
  • session 2: 26 August 2020from 12:00 noon to 1pm
  • session 3: 01 September 2020 from 3pm to 4pm

The sessions will be for both Development Advisors and those who are interested in applying for the programme. Joining details and slides can be accessed through your department’s Development Advisor.

Further guidance, and materials will be available via Development Advisors and Directors of Communication, or contact gcstalent@cabinetoffice.gov.uk.

Nominations are via a new two-stage approach:

  • an initial statement and an online interview
  • those successful at the initial statement stage, will then progress to the online video interview 
  • nominees will be assessed against Civil Service Success Profile behaviours and leadership expectations

Read our blog: Why you should apply for the Inspire programme