Connect provide CPD accredited public affairs training in all aspects of political communications and engagement, helping participants to develop their confidence, knowledge and skills.

Our most popular services are:

  • An introduction to public affairs: is the perfect primer for anyone new to working in the sector.
  • Stakeholder Mapping: this course will help you to identify and priorities your key political stakeholders, including politicians, journalists, influencers, thinkers, activists and members of the public.
  • Specialist Select Committee training: Our training team includes experienced former witnesses and former parliamentarians who guide you through what to expect and how to give evidence in a constructive and engaging way that enhances your reputation.
  • Bespoke inhouse training: for inhouse communications and public affairs teams – from preparing for select committees to writing political engagement strategies.

What our clients say about our public affairs training services:

The expertise of facilitators was invaluable.

“The best course I have ever been on.

This was pretty much the most interesting and informative course I have been on.”

Apart from our boardroom training we also tailor and deliver bespoke training sessions for clients which can be delivered in house for a number of staff such as:

  • Planning for party conference – events and contact programmes
  • Select committee preparation (this has been a particularly popular service)
  • Stakeholder mapping
  • Developing your public affairs strategy
  • How Parliament really works
  • The legislative process and how you can influence it
  • Engaging with and/or running an All-Party Parliamentary Group
  • Speechwriting
  • Futures techniques for public affairs

Please contact Rob Dale, Account Director, on r.dale@connectpa.co.uk to discuss Connect’s training services.

Talk to us about:

  • Our boardroom training timetable
  • Bespoke training for inhouse teams
  • Select committee preparation (this has been a particularly popular service)
  • Stakeholder mapping
  • Developing your public affairs strategy
  • Planning for party conference – events and contact programmes
  • How Parliament really works
  • The legislative process and how you can influence it
  • Engaging with and/or running an All-Party Parliamentary Group
  • Speechwriting
  • Futures techniques for public affairs

Upcoming Events

An introduction to public affairs (January)

An essential course for those new to public affairs, as well as for anyone working in policy-making or government who needs a greater understanding of how decisions are made.

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Writing award-winning public affairs strategies 

Connect Managing Partner Andy Sawford will set out how you can write an award-winning public affairs strategy for any problem or challenge your organisation faces.

Read more

Select Committee Masterclass (January)

Connect is trusted by leading organisations to help them prepare for Select Committee appearances and successfully promote and defend their work. This session will cover preparations techniques, as well as top tips on writing high-quality written submissions, and engagement strategies to secure your organisation an invitation to provide oral evidence.

Read more

How to engage 50 MPs in two hours (January)

Connect has mastered the concept of a parliamentary drop-in, working with clients to secure the opportunity to meet with around 50 parliamentarians in a two-hour window. This session will provide you with a step-by-step guide for how can organise a drop-in for your organisation.

Read more

Advanced public affairs: Stakeholder Mapping (January)

This session will help you to identify and prioritise your political stakeholders and help to build your skills and understanding of stakeholder mapping and engagement.

Read more

HOW TO LOBBY – all day training course (February)

Four courses in one day – the fasted way to master public affairs ahead of the new parliamentary session.

Read more

Public affairs on a budget: how to achieve maximum impact with limited resources

This course will share our expert tips and tricks for delivering cost and time efficient public affairs activities that have a real impact.

Read more

How to deliver a perceptions audit

This course will equip you with a practical understanding of how to lead and deliver a successful perceptions audit, including helpful organisational tips around managing, handling and drawing conclusions from the information that you collect.

Read more

Making Client/Consultancy Relationships Work

Through case studies of success, this course will equip members of in-house team with the knowledge to get the most out of your relationship with an agency.

Read more

How to deliver successful planning campaigns

This course will provide an introduction to the planning system and what makes a good planning application with a heavy focus on community consultation and political engagement within the local planning authority.

Read more

An introduction to public affairs (February)

An essential course for those new to public affairs, as well as for anyone working in policy-making or government who needs a greater understanding of how decisions are made.

Read more

Legislation – How Law is made in Parliament and How can you Engage in the Process (February)

This course will share case studies and insight into how to influence the drafting of a Bill, how to get your messages featured during debates, how to get your amendments tabled and supported, as well as how to efficiently monitor it through every stage in both Houses.

Read more

Futures’ and horizon scanning for public affairs (March)

Learn key futures techniques and how to apply them as a public affairs professional to help with your horizon and strategic planning.

Read more

How to engage 50 MPs in two hours (March)

Connect has mastered the concept of a parliamentary drop-in, working with clients to secure the opportunity to meet with around 50 parliamentarians in a two-hour window. This session will provide you with a step-by-step guide for how can organise a drop-in for your organisation.

Read more

Select Committee Masterclass (March)

Connect is trusted by leading organisations to help them prepare for Select Committee appearances and successfully promote and defend their work. This session will cover preparations techniques, as well as top tips on writing high-quality written submissions, and engagement strategies to secure your organisation an invitation to provide oral evidence.

Read more

Six months until Party Conferences – here’s what you need to do next (March)

This session will ensure your team organises and delivers a successful conference season.

Read more

Writing award-winning public affairs strategies 

Connect Managing Partner Andy Sawford will set out how you can write an award-winning public affairs strategy for any problem or challenge your organisation faces.

Read more

An introduction to public affairs (March)

An essential course for those new to public affairs, as well as for anyone working in policy-making or government who needs a greater understanding of how decisions are made.

Read more

Advanced public affairs: Stakeholder Mapping (April)

This session will help you to identify and prioritise your political stakeholders and help to build your skills and understanding of stakeholder mapping and engagement.

Read more

Legislation – How Law is Made in Parliament and How Can You Engage in the Process (April)

This course will share case studies and insight into how to influence the drafting of a Bill, how to get your messages featured during debates, how to get your amendments tabled and supported, as well as how to efficiently monitor it through every stage in both Houses.

Read more

Public affairs on a budget: how to achieve maximum impact with limited resources

This course will share our expert tips and tricks for delivering cost and time efficient public affairs activities that have a real impact.

Read more

An introduction to public affairs (April)

An essential course for those new to public affairs, as well as for anyone working in policy-making or government who needs a greater understanding of how decisions are made.

Read more

Legislation – how law is made in Parliament and how can you engage in the process

This course will share case studies and insight into how to influence the drafting of a Bill, how to get your messages featured during debates, how to get your amendments tabled and supported, as well as how to efficiently monitor it through every stage in both Houses.

Read more

HOW TO LOBBY – all day training course (May)

Four courses in one day – the fasted way to master public affairs ahead of the new parliamentary session.

Read more

Writing award-winning public affairs strategies 

Connect Managing Partner Andy Sawford will set out how you can write an award-winning public affairs strategy for any problem or challenge your organisation faces.

Read more

Select Committee Masterclass (May)

Connect is trusted by leading organisations to help them prepare for Select Committee appearances and successfully promote and defend their work. This session will cover preparations techniques, as well as top tips on writing high-quality written submissions, and engagement strategies to secure your organisation an invitation to provide oral evidence.

Read more

How to deliver a perceptions audit

This course will equip you with a practical understanding of how to lead and deliver a successful perceptions audit, including helpful organisational tips around managing, handling and drawing conclusions from the information that you collect.

Read more

How to deliver successful planning campaigns

This course will provide an introduction to the planning system and what makes a good planning application with a heavy focus on community consultation and political engagement within the local planning authority.

Read more

An introduction to public affairs (May)

An essential course for those new to public affairs, as well as for anyone working in policy-making or government who needs a greater understanding of how decisions are made.

Read more

Six months until Party Conferences – here’s what you need to do next (May)

This session will ensure your team organises and delivers a successful conference season.

Read more

Futures’ and horizon scanning for public affairs (June)

Learn key futures techniques and how to apply them as a public affairs professional to help with your horizon and strategic planning.

Read more

How to engage 50 MPs in two hours (June)

Connect has mastered the concept of a parliamentary drop-in, working with clients to secure the opportunity to meet with around 50 parliamentarians in a two-hour window. This session will provide you with a step-by-step guide for how can organise a drop-in for your organisation.

Read more

Advanced public affairs: Stakeholder Mapping (June)

This session will help you to identify and prioritise your political stakeholders and help to build your skills and understanding of stakeholder mapping and engagement.

Read more

Making Client/Consultancy Relationships Work

Through case studies of success, this course will equip members of in-house team with the knowledge to get the most out of your relationship with an agency.

Read more

Futures’ and horizon scanning for public affairs (June)

Learn key futures techniques and how to apply them as a public affairs professional to help with your horizon and strategic planning.

Read more

An introduction to public affairs (June)

An essential course for those new to public affairs, as well as for anyone working in policy-making or government who needs a greater understanding of how decisions are made.

Read more

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Rob Dale

Rob Dale

Account Director

Accreditation

CPD Certified

"The training package on public affairs was very well received and all those who attended went away with new learning – you could not ask for more."

Martin Speller CBE FCMI, Principal Consultant, BT Global Services