Development programmes

The Government Communication Service (GCS) runs two accelerated development programmes designed to support high potential government communications professionals.

Nominations for Impact and Inspire are now closed. Read about the Accelerated Development Programmes (PDF 448KB).


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


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. Nomination guidance and forms for both programmes have been sent to Development Advisors and Directors of Communication. Read our blog Why you should apply for the Inspire programme.

GCS Fast Stream

The Fast Stream offers ongoing training and development as a foundation for promotion on completion of the scheme. The application process includes a variety of assessments reflecting the type of skills fast streamers use.

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