Preparing to Give Evidence at Select Committees

Public expectation on transparency is growing, meaning that public officials are under increased pressure to appear before Select Committees to provide evidence and justify their decisions.

Appearing in front of a Select Committee can be a nerve-wracking experience, especially as the performance of the delegate can impact on the enhancement of both the organisation and their own career. Delegates need to ensure they are prepared to respond to likely questions that they will be asked, as well as be able to thoroughly account for their, or their departments, actions.

Part of our Policy Skills series, Preparing to Give Evidence at Select Committee is a one-day course that is specifically designed to ensure delegates are prepared and able to communicate their message effectively in the event of a hearing.

At Civil Service College, we pride ourselves on our ability to tailor ourcourses to each delegate, ensuring that courses are applicable to attendee’s role and organisations so that each delegate can get the most from the training. Our courses and trainers are constantly updated and evaluated to ensure that we are always delivering the best service possible.  


Key features of the course include:

  • Provide written and oral evidence to the committee
  • Skills to effectively engage with the media interest associated with Select Committees
  • Simulation exercise for those likely to provide oral evidence
  • Highly bespoke attention to the specifics of delegates' select committee hearing

Designed for:

This training course is designed for delegates who have been summoned to give evidence at a Select Committee hearing.


Learning outcomes:

Delegates will gain the confidence to stand before a Select Committee and be able to anticipate what is likely to be asked. Constructive feedback on effectiveness of attendees’ performance will also be given.

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Summary

Duration

10:00 - 14:00

Price

Price on request.

Location

Available to be delivered In-House

Dates

In-House Option

This course is available In-House and can be tailored to meet your individual training requirements.

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Lead Trainer

Paul Grant

Paul Grant

Having worked in the UK Civil Service for over 5 years, Paul is an expert in the UK system of government and Parliament. For well over 20 years, Paul has ran training programmes on various aspects of the British system of government.

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Paul Grant

Paul Grant

Having worked in the UK Civil Service for over 5 years, Paul is an expert in the UK system of government and Parliament. For well over 20 years, Paul has ran training programmes on various aspects of the British system of government – Parliament, Ministers, The Civil Service, Devolution etc., as well as on the skills required of policy civil servants working for ministers. He ran programmes across all levels of the Civil Service and the wider public sector, and as well as for clients in the private sector. 

He was also responsible the main induction programme for new entrants to the Civil Service Fast Stream and co-directed the induction programme for external entrants to the Senior Civil Service. Furthermore, whilst at the National School, he co-authored the book “Understanding British Government” and continue to provide revised versions for use on programmes run by Civil Service Learning. 

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