GCS Events

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

New courses and dates will be added to this page throughout the year for you to book on to.

Note: The Aspire programme is in the process of being reviewed. Please continue to check the courses and events page for the most up-to-date information. 

Aspire Future Engage Deliver Communications Masterclasses 

These GCS tailored leadership masterclasses aim to inspire communications professionals to deliver more effectively through better engagement, empowerment and development of their teams. This course is aimed primarily at SIOs and Grade 7s and is available to GCS members in government departments and arms length bodies at a cost of £75.00 per delegate. If you are interested in booking on this course, please contact gcsbookings@cabinetoffice.gov.uk 

How to book an Aspire course

Please ignore ‘no tickets available’ and to the right click ‘enter promotional code’. A promotional code can be obtained from your development adviser. If a course no longer has spaces available, ‘FULLY BOOKED’ will follow its name. 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.

PRCA Webinars

PRCA webinars are available to all GCS core and associate members. These ninety minute online courses can be accessed on most computers. To learn more, visit our PRCA membership page.

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

September 3, 2015

PRCA Webinar: Social Media Metrics

Social media. Everyone is doing some form of campaign, everyone has some form of presence, be it Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin or the myriad of other platforms available. But how do you truly measure your activity? How do you ensure that you are not just “spinning wheels”? What are the Key Performance Indicators to ensure your client or your organisation is getting it’s correct return on investment?  This webinar shows you exactly what is available and what social media metrics you should deploy.

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September 3, 2015

GCS Event – Social Analytics Tools for Government Communication Evaluation

At this UK Government Communications Event you will hear from Alex Aiken, Executive Director of UK Government Communications (via video); Sean Larkins, Defra Director of Communications, and framework suppliers to get the very latest update on social analytics options open to Government Communicators.  The five suppliers on the new Government Commercial Framework will showcase key social analytics tools available to measure the success of campaigns and there will be plenty of time for questions.  This will also be an opportunity to network with other Government Communicators who are at various stages of their measurement journey so we look forward to seeing you there.

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September 7, 2015

GCS Comms Exchange – Historic England's Angel Awards – a celebration of partnerships

On Monday September 7th Historic England will be hosting the annual Angel Awards that they run in partnership with the Andrew Lloyd Webber foundation. The Angel Awards are the Oscars of the heritage world and celebrate the efforts of local people, individuals, and community groups who go to extraordinary lengths to save all kinds of heritage at risk. 

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September 9, 2015

PRCA Webinar: Unleash Your Inner Creative

Creativity is the one of the most valued skills in business. How much training have your and your teams had in techniques, brainstorm facilitation, generating & nurturing ideas? This training guarantees you’ll walk away with a toolkit of idea-generating techniques and a raft ways to overcome creative burnout individually and as a team.

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September 10, 2015

PRCA Webinar: Making the most of Pinterest and Social Bookmarking

Pinterest has become one of the “must have” digital platform for PR campaigns. But what is it? And more importantly how can it contribute to digital PR strategies?  What tools are available to make the most of the platform, how can you integrate it with other platforms such as Twitter and Facebook? How can it help improve your client or brands profile and build the all important army of advocates?

And what of the other social bookmarking sites such as Digg, Reddit, Stumbleupon and Newsvine? Why are they called the unsung heroes of digital PR strategy?  
This webinar answers all those questions and more besides.

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September 14, 2015

Aspire Course: Influencing Skills – OC035- FULLY BOOKED

“How to make friends and influence people”  As Government Communicators, we use our influencing skills every day in our work with our teams, stakeholders and in our communication with the public.

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September 15, 2015

PRCA Webinar: Getting to Grips with Grammar

An essential refresher for PR professionals who need to produce high-quality written work. If you’ve ever been confused about where to place an apostrophe or how to use a semicolon properly, this is the course for you. Whether you are drafting a press release, email, proposal, feature or web page, you need to be confident that your work will pass scrutiny.

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September 23, 2015

GCS Leadership Roadshow-FULLY BOOKED

Join Alex Aiken and other Directors of Communications in this 3-hour leadership roadshow for SIOs and Grade 7s. This participative coaching event aims to help you gain the skills needed to improve your leadership. Featuring practical examples and small group coaching, the roadshow will equip you with the behaviours and values you need to become a better leader.

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September 23, 2015

PRCA Webinar: How to Prepare for a Presentation

Being able to deliver effective presentations is an absolute must for anyone working in PR. This course is designed for senior executives and account managers who want to improve their pitch presentation skills and be able to present confidently in public. 

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September 24, 2015

GCS Comms Exchange – Power to Switch- Insight into running large scale paid-for campaigns

Want to get a better idea of what’s involved in pulling together a major campaign with a large paid-for component?    Department for Engergy and Climate Change will use the successful Power to Switch campaign to talk through the stages from kick-off to evaluation– and give you some top tips along the way.

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September 30, 2015

GCS Comms Exchange – Climate Change Tweetathon- using social media to impact global conversations

Find out how DECC, working with a wide range of partner organisations, used Twitter to influence the UK and global conversation on climate change. In the session you will learn about the overall approach to running a Tweetathon, securing and relying on multiple organisations to achieve success and innovative new ways to measure the impact of your activity on social media.

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October 6, 2015

GCS Comms Exchange – The value of plain speaking- how DCLG told the troubled families story

This event will assess how DCLG communicated the success of the Prime Minister’s flagship Troubled Families programme and campaigned for change in how councils and other local services worked with families with multiple problems. It will look at work with local and national press and broadcast media as well as the importance of trade media and partner engagement. In particular it will focus on the use of case studies and storytelling and it will also look at how the Troubled Families programme championed ‘plain speaking’ communications to turn the language of Whitehall policy into simple messages that were easily understood by members of the public.

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October 29, 2015

GCS Comms Exchange – Staff Engagement- Changing hearts and minds in challenging times

This session presented by the Home Office comms team will explain how to develop and deliver staff engagement strategies that yield positive results in the most challenging environments. We know that employee engagement is linked to positive outcomes and organisational success; this session will explore how to maintain and even improve staff satisfaction and engagement against a backdrop of ongoing public sector change, cuts and uncertainty. Using case studies from across the NHS, central government and NDPBs, the session will look at some of the big employee engagement success stories of recent years, and provide a forum for discussion of some of the practical tactics used to maintain a positive, engaged workforce in when times are tough.
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November 24, 2015

GCS North East and Yorkshire Network Day- FULLY BOOKED

This is a great opportunity for you to get together with government communicators to network and share best practice.

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