GCS Events & Comms Exchanges

To book a place at these GCS events you must be a current member of the Government Communication Service.

Comms Exchanges are run by GCS members. If you would like to host a Comms Exchange, please email john.bilton@cabinetoffice.gov.uk


14 May


GCS Academy: Southampton

At our South East GCS Academy we are pleased to provide a full days training, covering topics such as crisis communication and evaluation, as well as local campaigns.

Alex Aiken, the Executive Director of Government Communications, will welcome you and talk about his priorities for the GCS, and the Government Communications Plan 2019/20.

Lunch will be provided.

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15 May


GCS Comms Exchange: Fire It Up: The Apprenticeship Campaign

This GCS Comms Exchange will showcase the launch of the new apprenticeships campaign – Fire It Up. The campaign, which launched on 17th January, aims to help raise awareness of the huge variety of apprenticeship options available for people of all ages and backgrounds through national TV, cinema, Out of Home, display and social media advertising, as well as PR, brand partnerships activity and a new website that provides helpful advice and information as well as access to thousands of apprenticeship opportunities across the country.

To hear more about the campaign and the process come along to this event to hear directly from the apprenticeships campaigns team.

You may also dial into this session via Skype. Please email john.bilton@cabinetoffice.gov.uk for details.

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21 May


OASIS Collaboration Series: Strategy and Insight

Are you a comms professional looking for tips on developing strong campaign ideas, effective messaging and identifying key channels and influencers?

GCS, CIPR Cymru, PRCA and CommsCymru are teaming up to host an OASIS training session on ‘strategy & ideas’. You’ll hear from fantastic speakers including Keith Coni, Head of Prison Officer Marketing at the Ministry of Justice, and Claire Quansah, Operations Director at Havas PR.

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30 May


GCS Comms Exchange: Effective Social Media Practice

Join Rebecca Butler, Deputy Head of Content at the No. 10 Digital Team, as she discusses tips, tricks and best practice for running effective government social media channels.

The session will cover the different channels, their audiences, and what content works well, as well as how to make sure social media is used strategically, and how to use your organisation’s voice.

This session is aimed at communication professionals who would like to learn more about social media, and those who would like a refresh.

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3 June


Knowledge Hub: Using Insight to Build Great Campaigns

Great campaigns are driven by great insight. Join speakers from Public Health England, NHS Blood and Transplant, and the Department for Work and Pensions to hear how they used insight to run some of the most exciting campaigns in government.

Learn how you can gain access to great (free) insight, training and tools using the GCS Knowledge Hub – the new knowledge sharing platform for all Government Communicators.

A networking lunch will be provided from 13:00 – 13:30, and sessions will follow.

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19 July


GCS Comms Exchange: Planning Ministerial Events

Visits and events are important communication tools. They enable ministers and senior leaders to meet and learn from stakeholders, to see examples of great work in local communities and in industry, to develop departmental thinking about policy and to provide a platform for communicating Government messages.

Join the Home Office Ministerial Visits and Events team to learn more about the interesting and diverse work of GCS visits teams and develop your skills in how to create newsworthy and informative visits for ministers or senior leaders.

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