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 advisor. 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 3, 2015

Internal Communications and Engagement – from vision to reality FULLY BOOKED

Join us for an interactive and engaging event exploring the challenges and opportunities facing Government internal communications. Be part of the action as we debate what is required, how we will deliver it, and your role in making it happen.

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March 4, 2015

GCS Comms Exchange – Learn how to craft powerful speeches that your audiences will remember- FULLY BOOKED

Stephen Hardwick, HMRC’s Director of Corporate Communications, has written around 500 political and business speeches in his career, for some of the most senior politicians and business leaders in the UK and South Africa.

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March 5, 2015

Aspire – Communications Evaluation (Practitioner Level) – A114- 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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March 5, 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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March 6, 2015

Internal Communications and Engagement – from vision to reality- FULLY BOOKED

Join us for an interactive and engaging event exploring the challenges and opportunities facing Government internal communications. Be part of the action as we debate what is required, how we will deliver it, and your role in making it happen.

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March 10, 2015

Aspire – Introduction to Social Media – A109

This course will get you started with a grounding in the basics of what social media is, how it can apply to government communications, and how you can use it yourself for your own professional development.

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March 11, 2015

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

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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March 12, 2015

Internal Communications and Engagement – from vision to reality FULLY BOOKED

Join us for an interactive and engaging event exploring the challenges and opportunities facing Government internal communications. Be part of the action as we debate what is required, how we will deliver it, and your role in making it happen.

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March 12, 2015

Aspire – Creative Low-Cost Campaigns – A086 – 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.

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March 12, 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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March 13, 2015

Aspire – Creative Low-Cost Campaigns – A116

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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March 13, 2015

Aspire – Introduction to Social Media – A088 – FULLY BOOKED

This course will get you started with a grounding in the basics of what social media is, how it can apply to government communications, and how you can use it yourself for your own professional development.

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March 18, 2015

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

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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March 19, 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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March 20, 2015

Aspire – Introduction to Government Communications – A115- 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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March 27, 2015

Aspire – Advanced Digital Campaigns – A110- 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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March 27, 2015

Aspire – Communicating Locally – A115

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 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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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

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 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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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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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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