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About Us

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 at Westminster Skills Centre 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.

Our modules have been designed by our large network of experienced trainers, all of whom are experts in their respective fields from across the political spectrum. 

For more information, or to find out more about the courses on offer, please contact us at info@westminsterskillscentre.com

Our training calendar
  • Staffers' Guide to Accessibility for Disabled Constituents
    Staffers' Guide to Accessibility for Disabled Constituents
    14 Jun, 09:30 BST – 18 Jun, 12:30 BST
    Online Event
    Do you work in local government or for an MP? Do you want to make your communications and events as inclusive as possible for your disabled constituents? Join us at our extensive Guide to Accessibility to learn how
  • MPs' Guide to Accessibility for Disabled Constituents
    MPs' Guide to Accessibility for Disabled Constituents
    05 Jul, 09:30 – 13:30
    Online Event
    Are you an MP, unsure of how to use basic accessibility tools to reach your disabled constituents? Join us at our Guide to Accessibility course to make sure that all of your communications and events are as inclusive as possible.
  • Guide to Parliamentary Procedure
    Guide to Parliamentary Procedure
    09 Jul, 09:30 – 16 Jul, 11:30
    Online Event
    Confused by legislative timetables? Know the difference between the Vote Office and the Table Office? Does Erskine May haunt your dreams? Join us for our advanced course on Parliamentary procedure to get the most out of Westminster.
  • Writing for Impact
    Writing for Impact
    09 Jul, 10:00 – 16:30 BST
    Writing for Impact – Online Training
    Do you want to be able to write speeches that the audience will still be thinking about weeks later? Perhaps you need to produce regular and thought provoking blogs or op-eds to get your message out there? If you need to be a master wordsmith to do your job then this course is for you.
  • Guide to Digital Campaigns
    Guide to Digital Campaigns
    03 Aug, 09:30 – 06 Aug, 12:30
    Online Training
    Don’t know where to start with the fast-moving world of digital campaigns in your sector? Whether your audiences are on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and podcasts, a strong grasp of the digital landscape has never been more important.
  • Guide to Media and Communications
    Guide to Media and Communications
    03 Sep, 10:00 – 16:00
    Online event
    If you work with the media, there are a wealth of unwritten rules you need to know in order to ensure your message cuts through. Hear from our team of senior journalists how the press really works and how to avoid making mistakes that reporters can pounce on!
 
 
Our Expert Trainers

Here are just some of the cross-party experts we have running upcoming workshops:

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Paul Richards
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Jonny Ball
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Salma Shah
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Lewis Iwu
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Kamran Mallick
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Kate Conway
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Jessica Levy
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Robin Spinks
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Courses

For newly elected MPs, arriving in the Commons is sure to be exhilarating, but may also be daunting. New MPs are often surprised to find no formal training or advice offered, and are left to find their own way around Parliament’s labyrinthine rules and customs.

Being an MP's caseworker is one of the most rewarding and impactful jobs in politics. But there is little formal training available to help you help constituents.

If you work with the media, there are a wealth of unwritten rules you need to know in order to ensure your message cuts through. Hear from our team of senior journalists how the press really works and how to avoid making mistakes that reporters can pounce on.

Does your job require you to be a master wordsmith? Do you want to be able to write speeches that the audience will still be thinking about weeks later? Perhaps you need to produce regular and thought provoking blogs or op-eds to get your message out there? If you need to use excellent writing skills in order for your work to have an impact, then this is the course for you. 

Are you a Parliamentary staffer, working for a politician? This comprehensive training will help you to understand the often confusing world of Parliament and tell you everything you need to know about your workplace.

Need to spend more time learning the ins-and-outs of the arcane world of Westminster? Confused by legislative timetables, or the difference between the Table Office and the Vote Office? 

If you are an aspiring politician, wanting to represent people at a local or national level, this course can help you maximise your chances of selection and election.

We can offer bespoke training courses for you or your organisation. Whether you want us to provide the training venue or come to you, just get in touch and we will create a plan that covers exactly what

you need.

 
 

What people say...

"I wish I had this training when I first started working in Parliament! They distilled decades of experience to the most useful bits."

Contact Us

Email: info@westminsterskillscentre.com

Phone: 07963503688