New digital and online content creation training launched

GCS Professional Standards team is proud to present a new series of online courses on how to manage social media channels and improve digital skills (GCS members only).

Jo Pennington, Acting Head of Curriculum, Engagement and Assessment at Professional Standards team, said:

“This content is exciting for us for multiple reasons – for a start, the clips are bitesize so you can learn something new in just a few minutes.

“They were produced by colleagues in Defra – as we all know, there is huge amounts of expertise and talent across GCS, and sharing skills with colleagues across the profession is a great way to make the best, standard. This is exactly how we want our Academy to grow and evolve.

“Filming, photography and other digital skills were key asks from GCS communicators in our recent roadshows and surveys, so it’s also great to be strengthening an area where there’s considerable demand.”

hand holding mobile phone to illustrate filming on a phone training.

The courses are aimed at all government communicators, particularly at those working in digital and marketing disciplines. We will be building on them in the months to come.

Peter Heneghan, Deputy Director of Digital at the Cabinet Office, commented:

“As our audiences on digital platforms continue to grow, it becomes increasingly important that we all, as government communicators, prioritise the latest knowledge and trends.

There are over 25 million followers across all government social media channels, and in 2020 the Number 10 and Cabinet Office digital teams alone produced content that had over 3 billion social media impressions.

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Digital skills series (GCS members only)
The first 2 training are about:
– filming on a phone
– taking good photographs

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