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Special Note : Covid-19 and Casework: Ask the Library

The House of Commons Library ran a series of online training sessions on 25 and 26 June to help MPs’ staff deal with Covid-19 related casework. The programme covered:

  • Preventing evictions
  • Understanding the data on case numbers and deaths
  • The lockdown laws
  • Schools
  • The economic impact
  • Using the Library remotely

And much more… You can view the recordings of those sessions here: https://parliament.learningpool.com/course/view.php?id=1747


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 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.


 
Latest Training Courses

Vote Office: Training for Members’ Staff

Members’ staff are invited to learn more about the Vote Office and the services it offers to support their work. The Vote Office is hosting the following sessions for Members’ staff in the coming months: Introduction to the Vote Office (Monday 21 February, 13:00-13:40)Navigating Parliamentary Papers (Friday 20 May, 10:00-10:40) To sign up for either…

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Forthcoming HOC Library Talks

The Commons Library is running a series of weekly talks starting 13th January covering topical issues, constituency casework, and statistics. Their expert staff will cover: An introduction to the Order Paper Housing disrepair Understanding and using statistics: the basics for dealing with numerical information Governance aspects of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement Public inquiries and…

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MP Staff Q&A – ‘Suicide Awareness’

‘Suicide Awareness’ (led by the charity Action to Prevent Suicide https://www.actiontopreventsuicide.org/ This Q&A is open to all MPs’ staff. Time: 10:00 – 11:00Date: Thursday 20 January 2022For further information and booking, please visit https://parliament.learningpool.com/mod/facetoface/view.php?id=4817

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MP staff Q&A session – Members’ Security Support Service & dealing with suspicious mail

Members’ Security Support Service & dealing with suspicious mail. This Q&A session is open to all MPs’ staff Time: 10:00 – 11:00Date: Friday 3 DecemberFurther information and booking: https://parliament.learningpool.com/mod/facetoface/view.php?id=4620

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Upcoming training from the Commons Library

All of these courses will be presented on Microsoft Teams. To browse and book courses, please click here Finding Library research onlineTuesday 2 November2:00-3:15 Finding parliamentary questions, debates and speeches onlineThursday 4 November10:30-11:45 Media and news sourcesFriday 5 November10:30-12:00 Finding books and journalsMonday 8 November2:00-3:15 Finding parliamentary papers onlineThursday 11 November2:00-3:15 Parliamentary Search in depthFriday…

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Supporting Distressed Callers

This course aims to support the Member’s staff to build confidence and skills to deal with distressed callers. This is also an important part of new starters induction training. Course Overview Module 1: Mental Health Awareness Session Module 2: Communication Skills Module 3: Suicide/serious self-harm calls Module 4: Difficult Calls Module 5: An open session…

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Digital Coaching Sessions

Over the recess, PDS is still offering digital coaching sessions on a range of topics- including Teams, cyber security and office 365 (for both new starters and longstanding staff). To book please visit https://intranet.parliament.uk/business-news/news-current-issues/news/2020/july/virtual-it-coaching-sessions/ (Parliamentary network account required) For 24/7 technical support the Support Desk is available as usual on 020 7219 2001.

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Office Restructure familiarisation sessions

This session, aimed at MPs and their HR proxies, is run by the Members’ HR Advice Service to supplement the Best Practice Guide to Office Restructures. The session will provide information about how to manage restructuring the office when you are considering reorganising your staffing resources to respond to changing priorities. It will cover employer…

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Office Restructure familiarisation sessions

This session, aimed at MPs and their HR proxies, is run by the Members’ HR Advice Service to supplement the Best Practice Guide to Office Restructures. The session will provide information about how to manage restructuring the office when you are considering reorganising your staffing resources to respond to changing priorities. It will cover employer…

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Reminder – today! Creating a safe workplace for Members’ staff – guidance on bullying, harassment and sexual misconduct

All MP Staff Q&A Session – Creating a safe workplace for Members’ staff – guidance on bullying, harassment and sexual misconduct 10:00 – 10:45 – Thursday 10 June 2021 Open to all of the staff of MPs.  For further information and booking, please see https://parliament.learningpool.com/mod/facetoface/view.php?id=4492  

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