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.

How to book an Aspire course – please read

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.

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

March 30, 2015

Aspire – Communicating Locally – A107

Recent research has shown that we need to communicate more effectively with local audiences. By tailoring our messages according to locality, we can reach even more people and make an even bigger difference. 

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March 31, 2015

Aspire – Communications Evaluation (Practitioner Level) – A119

This course is for Government communicators who wish to build their understanding of best practice evaluation techniques. Progressing beyond foundation level, this course focuses on how to measure the effectiveness of communications activity and on understanding how this contributes to the broader evaluation framework within their team or department.  The course covers the competencies for Practitioner level evaluation of communication activity, based on the GCS best practice approach.

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April 2, 2015

Digital Insight: Monthly Google Surgeries- FULLY BOOKED

We’re supplementing the GCS Aspire programme with a range of monthly surgeries so you can ask the experts for advice on what you’re already doing digitally. 

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April 8, 2015

GCS Speakers: Measure What Matters- FULLY BOOKED

Hear from Award winning evaluation expert Chris Webb from Pegasus at this special GCS Speakers event on evaluation and the Social Media Measurement Framework

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April 9, 2015

GCS Leadership Masterclass

Inspiring communications professionals to deliver more efficiently through the better engagement, empowerment and development of their teams. The format of the masterclass is an interactive and engaging workshop.

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April 10, 2015

Aspire – Digital PR, Media Relations and Crisis Response- A118- FULLY BOOKED

The mainstream adoption of social media has prompted a fundamental shift in the way that organisations, individuals and the traditional media interact with each other. It has challenged models of communication and reshaped our views of who we trust as spokespeople and ambassadors of organisations.

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April 16, 2015

GCS Leadership Masterclass

Inspiring communications professionals to deliver more efficiently through the better engagement, empowerment and development of their teams. The format of the masterclass is an interactive and engaging workshop.

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April 21, 2015

GCS leadership events: developing skills, improving value and empowering leaders- FULLY BOOKED

Do you aspire to be a great leader? Do you have the skills to become an inspiring modern communicator? Can you demonstrate clear value in your communications?

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April 23, 2015

GCS leadership events: developing skills, improving value and empowering leaders- FULLY BOOKED

Do you aspire to be a great leader? Do you have the skills to become an inspiring modern communicator? Can you demonstrate clear value in your communications?

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April 27, 2015

GCS Improvement Programme Conference

This one-day Conference for SCS/Grade 6 focuses on the Government Communications Service (GCS) Improvement Programme, and on the exciting leadership challenge ahead for senior leaders throughout GCS.

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May 1, 2015

GCS North East and Yorkshire Communications Conference – FULLY BOOKED

The GCS North East and Yorkshire Communications Conference is a great opportunity for you to get together with government communicators from across the Civil Service and hear about the issues you’ve told us you want to learn more about.  

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May 7, 2015

Digital Insight: Monthly Google Surgeries- FULLY BOOKED

We’re supplementing the GCS Aspire programme with a range of monthly surgeries so you can ask the experts for advice on what you’re already doing digitally. 

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May 11, 2015

GCS Speakers: The increasing need to be global in Government Communications

This session will explore how UK Government Communications is reaching an audience far beyond the UK. PR, marketing and campaigns, although often targeted at a UK audience, are getting attention across Europe and internationally partly due to the proliferation of Social Media. 

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June 4, 2015

Digital Insight: Monthly Google Surgeries- FULLY BOOKED

We’re supplementing the GCS Aspire programme with a range of monthly surgeries so you can ask the experts for advice on what you’re already doing digitally. 

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July 2, 2015

Digital Insight: Monthly Google Surgeries- FULLY BOOKED

We’re supplementing the GCS Aspire programme with a range of monthly surgeries so you can ask the experts for advice on what you’re already doing digitally. 

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August 6, 2015

Digital Insight: Monthly Google Surgeries- FULLY BOOKED

We’re supplementing the GCS Aspire programme with a range of monthly surgeries so you can ask the experts for advice on what you’re already doing digitally. 

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