GCS Advance

Why choose GCS Advance?

GCS Advance is a complete overhaul of our L&D and talent offer, designed to equip you with the skills you need to support your development at every stage of your career – from when you first arrive to wherever you want your career to go: across disciplines, organisations and leadership.

Skill yourself up for the future

The world is changing, fast. We want to ensure that you have access to the latest training – whether it’s in artificial intelligence or the wider use of digital technologies – so that you have the skills and knowledge to be at the forefront of changes to the communications landscape.

Tailor-made for you

GCS Advance is unique to government communicators. Whether you work in a small executive agency, a large Arm’s Length Body or in a Ministerial Department, this tailor-made programme is designed to give you the skills you need to excel at the role you are doing now and to support your career as it progresses.

Designed around your day job

The learning is designed around you. Because we know how busy and unpredictable your day jobs can be, GCS Advance Practitioner will be delivered online, giving you high-quality brand-new learning at a time and space that works for you. GCS Advance Expert allows you to develop a deep understanding of individual disciplines through interactive, face-to-face learning experiences. You will also have the chance to upskill in the use of AI and innovative technologies to ensure you are equipped for the future.

Recognition and certification

The learning you complete as part of GCS Advance will be assessed and you’ll receive certification to recognise your achievements and support your individual development and career journey.

Build and develop your career and skills

GCS Advance is underpinned by the GCS career framework. Individuals looking to progress their career in government communications will be expected to have participated in the GCS Advance programme, in some capacity, to show their commitment to their continuous Learning and Development.


GCS Advance is available for communications professionals in departments, ALBs (including embedded communicators), and devolved administrations.