GCS Event

To book onto a GCS event you must be working within a government department, arms length body, Non- Departmental Public Body or from local government.

Aspire courses

The 2014-15 Aspire programme is currently being developed and new courses/dates will be added during the coming weeks.

How to book an Aspire course – please read

To book an Aspire course you will need to get authorisation and a promotional code from your development advisor.  You will need this at the point of booking. Aspire courses are only available to selected departments and government organisations. Cancellations / absentees will be monitored and may affect future allocation of places to departments. When booking your place on Eventbrite, please ignore ‘no tickets available’ and to the right click ‘enter promotional code’. Then use the promotional code from your development advisor.

GCS paid-for programme of courses

To view the full paid-for programme and to book your place, take a look at our learning opportunities page

April 28, 2014

GCS Comms Exchange – Working with stakeholders to build better communication

Working closely with stakeholders builds better communication for better outcomes, find out how. Join speakers from the Deputy Prime Minister’s communication team for a stakeholder communication master class and find out more about:

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April 29, 2014

GCS Comms Exchange – Creative design expertise

Ministry of Justice, Home Office and Cabinet Office have pooled their collective design expertise to set up the first cross government shared communications service with a mission to deliver excellent design services for government. 

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April 30, 2014

GCS Comms Exchange – Public Health England present: Smart Swaps and commercial partnerships

Join Public Health England to understand how they launched their most successful Change4Life campaign ever and join a discussion about how government communicators can work successfully with partners.

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May 2, 2014

Aspire – Introduction to Evaluation (Press and Media) – 1122

This course will provide delegates with an understanding of current communication evaluation best practice within Government, will outline the preferred model for evaluating Government communication across owned, earned and purchased channels and will show delegates how they might apply these standards and the model in their role.

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May 2, 2014

GCS Comms Exchange – DFID present: Pics vs Pixels. Do pictures matter in govt comms?

Pics vs Pixels – Do pictures matter in government communications? What does an infographic offer that a picture can’t? Do we really need vines, gifs and vlogs? And what the hell is a “quotagram”? Find out how DFID uses visual media in social channels.

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May 7, 2014

GCS Comms Exchange – HMRC present: Integrated communication campaigns

HMRC present a Comms Exchange master class in integrated communications campaigning. Explore the key elements of effective integrated communications as HMRC speakers take you through a recent campaign that sought to mobilise a million customers to take action in response to tax changes affecting high income individuals receiving Child Benefit.

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May 7, 2014

GCS South West – Challenging Mindsets conference

Have you heard the news? The Government Communication Service’s South West group is growing substantially and we want you to join us. We are holding our next free conference at NHS Blood and Transplant in Filton, Bristol on Wednesday 7 May. Previous events have been fully subscribed so book early to avoid disappointment.

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