Westminster Skills Centre

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From their website:

Westminster Skills Centre was founded in 2019, by a group of people who have worked in and around Westminster for decades. From personal experience we know how complex Westminster can be, and also how little high-quality training exists to explain how things really work. Our mission is to provide outstanding development opportunities for staff and politicians from all political parties, as well for those working in business and civil society. We believe this increased understanding will ultimately lead to more effective decision-making.

We offer a range of one day and half-day courses, many of which are designed to explain how Parliament works, how legislation is passed and how to run an effective political campaign.

Further details and course listings at https://www.westminsterskillscentre.com

Upcoming training courses

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Here is the current list of training courses that staff can sign up for.

Courses are free of charge to all Members’ staff who are paid through IPSA’s staffing allowance and travel costs to training events can be met from the expenses scheme administered by IPSA.

There are two new courses:

  • Managing Suicidal Conversations
  • Advice and Effective Casework Interviewing Skills

Full details can be found in the training section of the Parliamentary Intranet.

The full course catalogue is available via Act – the Parliamentary learning management system.

CourseDateRegion
Supervisory Management Course24.01.20Westminster
Conversations with Vulnerable People29.01.20Newcastle
Managing Suicidal Conversations - NEW COURSE29.01.20Westminster
Writing a Brief30.01.20Westminster
Role of the Office Manager Programme (CMI endorsed)31.01.20Westminster
- 3 day course - you must be able to attend all 3 days21.02.20
27.03.20
Essential Writing Skills for Members' staff04.02.20Westminster
Introduction to Welfare Benefits05.02.20Westminster
Conversations with Vulnerable People06.02.20Exeter
Personal Independence Payment (PIP)06.02.20Edinburgh
Speech Writing06.02.20Westminster
Essential Writing Skills for Members' staff07.02.20Manchester
Asylum and International Protection12.02.20Westminster
Media Handling and Social Media13.02.20Westminster
Universal Credit Overview13.02.20Westminster
Taking Control of Your Time & Speed Reading18.02.20Westminster
Advice and Effective Casework Interviewing Skills - NEW COURSE19.02.20Westminster
Personal Independence Payment (PIP)20.02.20Westminster
Essential Writing Skills for Members' staff21.02.20Cardiff
Members' Staff Induction24.02.20Westminster
Managing Suicidal Conversations - NEW COURSE25.02.20Westminster
Immigration Law26.02.20Edinburgh
Introduction to Welfare Benefits27.02.20Glasgow
Speech Writing27.02.20Westminster
Personal Independence Payment (PIP)04.03.20Birmingham
Writing a Brief04.03.20Westminster
Conversations with Vulnerable People05.03.20Westminster
Immigration Law09.03.20Cardiff
Advice and Effective Casework Interviewing Skills - NEW COURSE10.03.20Westminster
Universal Credit Overview10.03.20Leeds
Taking Control of Your Time & Speed Reading12.03.20Manchester
Media Handling and Social Media17.03.20Exeter
Immigration Law18.03.20Leeds
Asylum and International Protection19.03.20Manchester
Taking Control of Your Time & Speed Reading19.03.20Edinburgh
Immigration Law23.03.20Birmingham
Members' Staff Induction26.03.20Westminster
Universal Credit Overview26.03.20Glasgow
Immigration Law27.03.20Westminster

Essential Training for Members and Their Staff – Please help us test it before launch

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“New essential training coming for all Members and Members’ staff which will be Mandatory each year – Please help us test it before launch”.

The new content replaces the existing need for the individual courses and instead wraps all essential training into one package.

We are looking for you to test whether this module is ‘user friendly’ ‘easy to complete’ and ‘and achievable from a time perspective’

Your feedback is really important – your assistance will mean that when we launch, you will already be compliant for the year ahead.

We are planning to test on 4-6 June and 10 June.

Contact learninganddevelopment@parliament.uk or call 020 7219 5144 to sign up.”

Westminster Professionals

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Westminster Professionals

Training, networking and support for those in and around Westminster

  • Training delivered by political professionals who understand your daily challenges
  • Networking opportunities across Parliament – strengthening your connections, giving you new ideas and enhancing your career prospects.
  • Support for you and your office with individualised training, advice and services

Essential Writing Skills for Members’ staff

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The course will cover the principles of good written communication and how to put them into practice. It will look at some essentials about the use of language, grammar, tone and writing style and will include an introduction to the ‘Plain English’ approach to business writing.

For full details and dates, please click here:

https://parliament.learningpool.com/course/view.php?id=429

Taking Control of Your Time & Speed Reading

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This workshop will give Members’ staff the opportunity to think about their roles and identify the tasks that really get results. In addition, delegates will learn a variety of tips and techniques on how to control more of their time, enabling them to focus on their key tasks.

For full details and dates, please click here: https://parliament.learningpool.com/mod/facetoface/view.php?f=616

Conversations with Vulnerable People

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This one day course is designed to equip staff with the skills and confidence to handle challenging conversations with customers or employees in a sensitive and professional way.

A person’s emotional state can affect their reactions. Understanding how this happens can help you resolve conflict more successfully.

The Samaritans trains their volunteers in active-listening techniques using a model known as the ‘listening wheel’. This course will cover these techniques to help you build rapport with a person in order to alleviate their distress and de-escalate any anger and aggression, which can be used to great effect in the workplace.

For full details and dates, please click here: https://parliament.learningpool.com/mod/facetoface/view.php?f=518