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Learning and Development

The main resource for training for Members’ Staff is The Commons Learning and Organisation Development team.

Courses take place both on the Parliamentary Estate and regionally, and if a course of interest is not available at a convenient location or date, they will endeavour to accommodate specific requirements, subject to sufficient demand (12 delegates and above).

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.

The full course catalogue is available via Act – the Parliamentary learning management system.  Some courses are advertised as being for House staff, but MPs’ staff can still sign up for some of them, such as some of the courses from Parliamentary Digital.  If in doubt, please do contact L&D for advice.

If you see a course you’d like to do, but there isn’t a session advertised yet, please do put yourself on the waiting list so that the L&D know that people are interested.  This will also ensure that you get a notification of when a session is available.

At the moment, it is not possible to attend classroom based training.  However, there are some courses which are available online in a virtual classroom.  Please see here for details: https://parliament.learningpool.com/course/view.php?id=1590

Email: learninganddevelopment@parliament.uk
Phone: 020 7219 5144

 


House of Commons Library

The House of Commons Library arranges inductions, training and events for MPs and MPs’ staff. Visit the Library’s website to find out more. 

 To receive information on all upcoming Commons Library training courses and events, sign up for email updates for MPs’ staff and bookmark the Library’s ACT page.


 
Latest Training Courses

All MPs’ Staff Q&A Session: Home Office Update

Time: 14:00 – 15:00Date: Tuesday 10 January 2023Location: Online We are lucky to be joined by Katie Shooter from the Home Office who will provide an update from her team. This will be a Q&A session if you would like to submit a question, please email MST@parliament.uk , we will pass them to Katie on…

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Supporting Suicidal Callers

Join us to learn how to deal with a caller who is talking about suicide. We are very lucky to be joined by Lorraine Khalaf from the NHS who will be able to share her insight on how to deal with suicidal callers and how to support yourself and your colleagues when dealing with this…

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Forthcoming Commons Library Talks

Details of all forthcoming Commons Library Talks can be found on ACT: https://parliament.learningpool.com/course/view.php?id=1563Please note that you must have a parliamentary network account to access ACT. Topics include: Help with fire safety remediation work: high rise blocks (England) Improving the UK’s science capability for managing animal diseases (NAO talk) The Northern Ireland Protocol Bill Energy prices,…

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Q&A on devolved and reserved matters

Commons Library Casework Discussion Forum The Library, in conjunction with the Members’ Services Team, is pleased to invite you to the Casework Discussion Forum which will take place virtually each month. The September forum is taking place on Thursday 22 September, 2-3pm and will be a Q&A on devolved and reserved matters. It will be chaired by Wendy…

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All MP’s Staff Q&A: Home Office/ Immigration

Upcoming All MP’s Staff Q&A:Home Office/ Immigration Time: 10:00 – 11:00Date: Tuesday 13 September 2022Venue: Online via TeamsBooking essential: Click this link to book Due to high demand, we are hosting a further event with the Home Office.  We are lucky to be joined by Katie Shooter from the Home Office.  Katie will provide an update…

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Wellbeing – looking after yourself and others

Caseworker Discussion Forum hosted by the Commons Library The Library, in conjunction with the Members’ Services Team, is pleased to invite you to the Casework Discussion Forum which will take place virtually each month. The next session is taking place on Thursday 18 August, 9:30-10:30am and will be on the topic of Wellbeing – looking after yourself and…

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Upcoming HR Familiarisation Sessions

Learn about skills starting as an Office Manager Office Manager – Getting Started Workshop for Members’ Staff To book, please click this link Thursday 15 September 10-12 pm  Course overview This workshop focuses on the elements of an Office Manager’s role that relates to HR best practice. It provides an opportunity to build knowledge and…

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PDS Summer Training Sessions

Date Topic How to sign up Thursday 28 July 2pm Cyber Security Briefing essential to understanding the risks and mitigations around cyber security for us all, both in and out of work Registration form for webinar here Friday 29 July 10am Introduction to Microsoft Teamstips on using Teams as a tool to organise and communicate. Learn about…

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Grantfinder Training today – places available

There are still places available on today’s Grantfinder training at 10:30 – 11:30am on MS Teams. If you’d like to attend this morning’s session please contact Catrin Owens by 10:20am and she will make the booking for you. Grantfinder is a database of funding sources including grants, loans and advisory schemes and can help you…

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Housing Casework Forum – 21 July 2022

The Library, in conjunction with the Members’ Services Team, is pleased to invite you to the Casework Discussion Forum which will take place virtually each month. The next session is taking place on Thursday 21 July, 2-3pm and will be a Q&A session on the topic of Housing. It will be led by Wendy Wilson…

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