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

April 29, 2015

Aspire Course: Communicating Locally- OC009

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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April 29, 2015

Aspire Course: Digital PR, Media Relations, and Crisis Response – OC007- 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 30, 2015

Aspire Course: Creative Low Cost Campaigns- OC002

This course is intended to equip government communicators with the skills and knowledge they need to make best use of creative and low cost communications techniques within campaigns. It introduces the newly launched Campaigns Framework, and identifies key steps in designing a low-cost campaigns strategy.

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April 30, 2015

GCS Campaigns and Marketing Conference (Morning Session)- FULLY BOOKED

You are invited to join senior leaders from the Government Communication Service to hear from industry experts on the future for campaigning and marketing. Delegates can book on to the Morning or Afternoon session, or both on a first come first served basis. 

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April 30, 2015

GCS Campaigns and Marketing Conference (Afternoon Session)- FULLY BOOKED

You are invited to join senior leaders from the Government Communication Service to hear from industry experts on the future for campaigning and marketing. Delegates can book on to the Morning or Afternoon session, or both on a first come first served basis. 

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May 1, 2015

Aspire Course: Advanced Digital Campaigns- OC023- FULLY BOOKED

The challenge: make digital work harder to meet our objectives and evaluate it effectively. Digital has to be about more than just ‘social media buzz’, and introduces some specific opportunities and challenges for strategic campaigns: how can you encourage people to spread the word, help each other, or build a relationship which changes their behaviour?

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May 1, 2015

Aspire Course: Creative Low Cost Campaigns- OC010

This course is intended to equip government communicators with the skills and knowledge they need to make best use of creative and low cost communications techniques within campaigns. It introduces the newly launched Campaigns Framework, and identifies key steps in designing a low-cost campaigns strategy.

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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 1, 2015

Using LinkedIn Masterclass- FULLY BOOKED

With over 16 million people in the UK using LinkedIn, the online platform offers communicators a fantastic opportunity to reach a wide and varied audience. This masterclass will give you an insight into finding your audience, targeting appropriate content and offer advice on using LinkedIn as part of your campaign strategy. 

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May 5, 2015

Aspire Course: Evaluation (Practitioner Level)- OC020- FULLY BOOKED

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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May 5, 2015

Creative Thinking Masterclass

This workshop will help you understand and experience the creative process and make you a better creative thinker. This is course is available to those with all levels of communications experience,  AIO to G6. 

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May 5, 2015

GCS Event: Effecting behaviour change through creative campaigning- FULLY BOOKED

Droga5 are Ad Week’s Agency of the Year for the fourth year running. They work with the Obama administration, UN and Unicef, amongst others.

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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 8, 2015

Aspire Course: Communicating Locally- OC020

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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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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May 14, 2015

Aspire Course: Introduction to Government Communications- FULLY BOOKED

If you have recently joined government communication you need to know the role of your new profession and how you can help to bring policy to life; work successfully with ministers and special advisers; and how the modern Civil Service works.

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May 15, 2015

Aspire Course: Creative Low Cost Campaigns- OC012- FULLY BOOKED

This course is intended to equip government communicators with the skills and knowledge they need to make best use of creative and low cost communications techniques within campaigns. It introduces the newly launched Campaigns Framework, and identifies key steps in designing a low-cost campaigns strategy.

Book Now

May 15, 2015

Aspire Course: Digital PR, Media Relations, and Crisis Response – OC021- 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.

Book Now

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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