FDA Workshops

The FDA is committed to promoting and facilitating the career development of managers and professionals in public service. This page provides more information on the latest FDA Learn and Keyskills events, and you can book places at the FDA Learn and Keyskills Eventbrite pages.

Creating Competency Examples

Targeted at: Grades HEO/SEO but of interest to all
This is a FULL DAY workshop focused on creating competency examples (working with the Civil Service Competency Framework).  It will be of interest to current civil servants interested in gaining a better insight into how they can optimise their selection framing and drafting of competency based examples.
This practically based, hands-on workshop will involve practical exercises on sifting examples both individually and as part of a group.  It will finish up with a drafting exercise on producing an example for a ‘stranger’ using the STAR framework as a guide.


Dates (click to book and find out more):
Tuesday, 11 April 2017 (London)
Thursday, 11 May (venue TBA, London)

Improving Your Performance: Competency Based Interviews in the Civil Service

By popular request, this 1-day course from Newzpark will take you through the various skills you need to succeed in a competency based interview in the Civil Service.  You will engage in a succession of practical exercises that will refine your approach to each stage of the interview process, from preparatory Power Poses through to the Competency Pitch.  This course builds on, but stands alone from, the Creating Competency Examples course, also available from Newzpark Ltd via FDA / Keystone.  This course is pitched at HEO / SEO, Grade 6 and Grade 7, but if you feel this course will be helpful to you, and are below HEO, please do get in touch.


Dates (click to book and find out more):
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 (London)
Friday, 21 April 2017 (Glasgow)
Friday, 28 April 2017 (Glasgow)
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 (Venue TBA, London)

Personal Cyber Security

Nowadays our computers, phones, and tablets are filled with personal information - but how can we keep that sensitive information out of the wrong hands?
In this workshop you'll learn about the most common cyber security attacks, but more importantly how to take steps to protect yourself at home or at work. You'll see live demonstrations of attacks and learn how to spot them. These tips will help you feel more confident about using a computer safely. Learn about cyber security in a fun and sociable environment.
Please note no technical knowledge is required, but you will need your own laptop.


Dates (click to book and find out more):
Thursday, 4 May - Morning session (Glasgow)
Thursday, 4 May - Afternoon session (Glasgow)

Making Gender Equality a Reality

Is it possible to create a workplace culture that operates beyond gender disparity? Yes, it is, and the route is in transforming unconscious bias, the source of all disparity.
The workshop will take you through a process created to uncover, evaluate and transform unconscious bias in a way that makes greater diversity a reality.
In this workshop, you will:
Transform your own gender biases in a safe, engaging and enlightening way
Create an action plan for behaving from a new perspective
Learn a process that you can apply to any bias.


Dates (click to book and find out more):
Wednesday, 10 May 2017 (London)

Effective Networking

Participants will increase the impact and effectiveness of their networking approach. Develop an awareness of their own communication style and discover how to adapt, improve, and alter approach and strategies to achieve desired objectives. Participants will be led through exercises to increase their impact and rapport; they will experience techniques in improvisation, adaptability, persuasion and rhetoric to ensure strong, confident and authentic networking.
Practically explore how to use voice, speech, body language and performance techniques to increase confidence in networking and one-on-one conversations. The training will culminate in a series of scenarios for participants to rehearse, hone and perfect new skills and techniques to ensure change is permanent.


Dates (click to book and find out more):
Monday, 19 June (Cardiff)
Monday, 21 August (Cardiff)
Monday, 21 August (Cardiff)

'Lean In' to your Career With Confidence

Do you step away from career opportunities because you’re still waiting for the right moment?  Maybe you want to increase your visibility but worry about not being true to yourself?  Or perhaps you know what you want to achieve but feel held back by a lack of confidence. 

Many women share these uncertainties, which can in turn contribute to slow career progression and insufficient diversity at senior levels.  Drawing on Sheryl Sandberg’s 2013 book “Lean In” which explores these topics and more, this workshop will help you establish practical steps towards building a successful career in the Civil Service.

The workshop combines motivation, discussion and practical exercises.  We’ll explore why it’s important for women to keep challenging themselves and aiming for higher grades, the need for confidence as well as competence and how to build it, ways to identify and play to your strengths, steps you can take to become more visible at work, and ideas about how to plan your career with the support you need to succeed.


Dates (click to book and find out more):

Wednesday, 19 July (Cardiff)

Performance in Presentation

This training will provide participants with the tools and techniques to incorporate performance skills into presentations and communications.
Participants will discover innovative and dynamic approaches in delivering effective presentations. Learn tools and techniques to engage and inspire an audience. Discover performance and vocal techniques to bring content to life. Participants will leave with a tool box of skills and techniques in dynamic communication and presentation.


Dates (click to book and find out more):

Friday, 28 July (London)

How to Have a More Productive Working Day

A three-hour workshop full of practical tips and exercises to help you work more productively on the things that matter.  This event will help you to get focused on the handful of tasks that make a real difference to your goals and set yourself up to achieve those tasks every day. You will come away with a better understanding of the foundations for a good day’s work and know how to play to your strengths and preferences especially when you need to tackle tricky tasks.


Dates (click to book and find out more):

Friday, 15 September (London)