Learning and Development
The main resource for training for Members’ Staff is The Commons Learning and Development team. Courses take place both on the Parliamentary Estate and in regional cities, and if a course of interest is not available at a convenient location or date, they will endeavor to accommodate specific requirements, subject to sufficient demand.
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.
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. A list of course can be found at the bottom of this page.
House of Commons Library
The House of Commons Library also provides training that may be of value to staff. Courses are open to Members of both Houses, their staff and parliamentary staff, unless otherwise stated on the course schedule and individual arrangements can be made for constituency staff.
See the Library’s training page on the Parliamentary Intranet for details and booking.
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Training, networking and support for those in and around Westminster
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Current Training Courses
We have received information about upcoming 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. Full details can be found in the training section …
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
This course will cover the elements which make up a compelling speech, focusing on structure and the ability to tailor to the best abilities of the speaker and understanding the needs of the audience. For full details and dates, please click here: https://parliament.learningpool.com/course/view.php?id=554
This one day course has been designed to provide an initial opportunity to build management capability and will be of particular benefit to those with limited or no experience of line management. For full details and dates, please click here: https://parliament.learningpool.com/course/view.php?id=1412
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 …
This session will cover the opportunities and challenges that using social media in the Public Sector presents and introduce delegates to using social media platforms for themselves, their teams and their organisation. For full details and dates, please click here: https://parliament.learningpool.com/mod/facetoface/view.php?f=480
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 …
Attendees will discuss the causes signs and symptoms of mental health, how to respond to and deal with a situation and how they can support and unburden themselves after the event. For full details and dates, click here: https://parliament.learningpool.com/course/view.php?id=260
Having a good level of emotional resilience can positively affect teams, colleagues, other individuals and one’s own wellbeing, increasing productivity and performance in the workplace. Individuals will have a better chance of delivering results at work if they are able to deal with stressful life events. The course will focus on managing emotional health and …
This course will cover the essentials of good writing which are needed for drafting briefings such as content, structure, layout & use of language that meets the reader’s needs, and the process of drafting, editing and clearing a briefing. For full details and dates, click here: https://parliament.learningpool.com/course/view.php?id=553