Accelerated Development Programmes

We run two internal accelerated development programmes designed to support high potential government communications professionals:

  • the Inspire programme is for grades 6 and 7,
  • the Impact programme is for Information Officer (IO) to  Senior Information Officer (SIO) level.

Accelerated Development Programmes (PDF 448KB).


Inspire is our accelerated development programme for high potential grade 6 and 7 communications professionals. Inspire has been designed to include a wide range of development interventions, with quarterly core learning modules supported by mentoring, coaching, masterclasses, tailored training and support in career planning.

Completion of the 15 month programme leads to a Diploma in Strategic Communication Leadership from the University of Huddersfield with the opportunity to continue to a Masters.


Impact is an accelerated development programme for very high potential Information Officers (IOs) and high potential Senior Information Officers (SIOs) leading to a new accredited postgraduate qualification.

Impact runs over 12 months and offers a concentrated development experience, designed to accelerate your professional progression. The programme focuses on building leadership capability and developing strategic thinking. Participants also benefit from coaching, and mentoring.

2020 Inspire and Impact programmes

We will advise shortly on the dates for nomination for both Impact and Inspire.  The nomination window will not be before April 2020. 

Nomination guidance and forms for both programmes will be sent to Development Advisors and Directors of Communication.

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