How does Whitehall really work?
It can be hard to understand the workings of Whitehall. There are multiple departments, plus all their agencies and arms-length bodies. The policy-making landscape is complex and involves Whitehall, external stakeholders, and Parliament. This course will demystify how Whitehall works and will give participants a good insight into the practices and processes that the civil service and Ministers used to create policy.
We will cover the informal and formal aspects of working in Whitehall. The course is suitable for those who are working in Whitehall and may want a broader picture, but also for those who need to work with Whitehall and would like to understand the civil service and Government better. The trainer will use case studies and personal experiences from a long career at the centre of Whitehall to bring the issues to life.
At the Civil Service College, we tailor our courses to each participant’s role and organisation, ensuring that each participant gets the most out of the training. Our courses and trainers are continuously updated and evaluated to ensure that we are always delivering the best service possible.
Civil Servants and wider public sector employees who want an introduction to how the Civil Service and Government work. Also relevant to private-sector employees who need to work with Whitehall.
Participants will get a good understanding of how Whitehall and the Civil Service operates from a formal and informal point of view. Participants will also cover the relationship between Whitehall and Parliament. Participants will have a good understanding of the different rules and responsibilities for Civil Servants, Ministers and Special Advisors. Participants will also look at how to operate successfully within Whitehall (and how to engage with Whitehall if you are outside of it).
10:00 - 16:00
£595 + VAT
Civil Service College, Westminster, London
This course is available In-House and can be tailored to meet your individual training requirements.Enquire
Thomas joined the Civil Service in 2009, and participated in the emergency Spending Review and went on to play a role in designing the incoming government’s flagship Universal Credit policy.Read Bio
Thomas Foster joined the Civil Service in autumn 2009, in time for an inside view of the first peace-time Coalition Negotiations for almost a century. He participated in the subsequent emergency Spending Review and went on to play a role in designing the incoming government’s flagship Universal Credit policy.
Later he went on to areas as diverse as financial regulation and designing new financial instruments for private sector investors, and at the other extreme frontline management in a London Jobcentre.
In 2015 he joined the Department for Transport where he built and ran a Briefing and Public Affairs team for the rail franchising programme that oversaw one of the most active and controversial periods in the twenty year history of privatised rail.
Last year he moved to a policy and regulatory role in Local Transport where he is currently overseeing one of the biggest open data projects in UK government history and a wide-spread review of the future of regulation in the taxi and private hire sector.
Prior to joining the civil service Thomas went to Law School in York, studied Politics and Contemporary History at university and worked in a variety of private-sector fields, including high executive search and recruitment for UK based financial services companies.
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