GCS Aspire Courses

 

To book a place on an Aspire training course you must be a GCS member working in the communications team of a ministerial / non-ministerial department or one of their arm-length body organisations, and able to evidence that attending the course is part of a Personal Development Plan signed off by your line manager.

When booking, you need to make sure you receive a confirmation email. If you do not, use your Eventbrite account to check if you do have a ticket, or confirm by emailing gcsbookings@cabinetoffice.gov.uk. Placing yourself on the waiting list does not constitute ordering a ticket.

You need to give GCS at least 2 full working days notice if you need to cancel. You can cancel on both Eventbrite by clicking your account – tickets – upcoming events will be displayed – then click on cancel order or by contacting gcsbookings@cabinetoffice.gov.uk

By not doing this, you are depriving other GCS colleagues of the opportunity to attend these courses, which are in high demand. Failure to notify GCS of your cancellation may affect your department’s allocation of places on Aspire.

Your civil service pass or another form of photo ID will be required to access the venue. If you do not have proof (or it does not match the name you booked under) you may be denied access to the venue and course.

2018 Courses

21 and 22 June

GCS Aspire Course: Introduction to Government Communications OC295

This two day course will give you an overview of the basics of government communications and highlight opportunities for your own professional development.

It will also guide you through the OASIS model which is designed to aid government communicators to deliver world class communications. The OASIS model should be used by all government communications professionals regardless of discipline, department or grade.

By the end of the course you will:

  • Understand the OASIS model and how to apply it;
  • Have a broad understanding of the four key MCOM disciplines including strategic communications; media, campaigns and digital; strategic engagement; and internal communications;
  • Be familiar with the role and function of the Government Communications Service;
  • Know how you can develop your skills and access learning and development opportunities.
  • 26 June

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GCS Aspire Webinar: Leading Disparate and Remote Teams OWC005

This webinar examines the challenges and opportunities that are faced by leaders in communication teams when they are not always co-located. It explores the evidence of what makes an effective leader of dispersed teams and their role in galvanising the team to be as effective as possible. It also provides practical tips to overcome some of the challenges dispersed teams face.

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26 June

Aspire Course: Introduction to External Affairs – OC287

Strategic engagement is a core pillar of MCOM. Stakeholders have the power to inhibit or accelerate achievement of our communications objectives and can galvanise resources far beyond government. The right approach can make all the difference. Stakeholders can add independent credibility to what we are trying to achieve, facilitate our access to audiences, feedback on the progress of campaigns, flag issues early, and add their expertise to the development of communications and policy.

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GCS Aspire Webinar: Empowering Leadership – Creating a Team of Leaders OWC004

In this webinar we’ll explore what empowerment means and how you can make it work for your team. You’ll learn how to develop your leadership skills to create a high-performing team of leaders while understanding the pitfalls to avoid on your way to a truly empowered team.

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28 June

Aspire Course: Horizon Scanning OC288

Horizon Scanning enables communicators to be better prepared and to take the opportunity to alter plans in light of potential risks and emerging issues. In this half day training course, you will hear what Horizon Scanning is and learn how to implement it with a strong process of intelligence gathering, filtering and reporting. You will also learn some of the academic models that back up the concept and put it into practice in interactive exercises.

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28 June

Aspire Course: Modern Media Operations  OC289

This three hour course will provide an overview for our new Modern Media Operation Guide showcasing best practice. It will cover the important role for media relations in government communications; the particular pressures government media relations officers face, and how to handle them; the need to build relationships – inside the department, as well as outside; and how journalists work and what they’re looking for – and how you can achieve your goals by helping them to get it. It is also offered as a shorter webinar.

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29 June

Aspire Course: A Practical Approach to Insight, Planning & Evaluation OC275

This course will demonstrate the value and importance of good audience insight as you work through every stage of the OASIS model. This will give you the knowledge, tools and tips that you need to identify, gather and analyse data and apply insightful thinking that will improve your planning and evaluation skills.

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29 June

Aspire Course: Introduction to Parliament OC292

The best way to understand why Parliament is relevant to all Government communicators is to visit the building – so this session is run as a tour of the Palace of Westminster. The 75-minute tour aims to give communicators a new perspective on Parliament by exploring the relationship between the Commons and Lords as institutions, departmental stakeholders and backbenchers as individuals.

Due to restrictions there are only six places per tour. Departments/organisations should restrict themselves to one attendee per tour. 

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13 July

Aspire Course: Introduction to Parliament OC293

The best way to understand why Parliament is relevant to all Government communicators is to visit the building – so this session is run as a tour of the Palace of Westminster. The 75-minute tour aims to give communicators a new perspective on Parliament by exploring the relationship between the Commons and Lords as institutions, departmental stakeholders and backbenchers as individuals.

Due to restrictions there are only six places per tour. Departments/organisations should restrict themselves to one attendee per tour. 

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