Wherever their legislature is located, parliamentary administrators face the constant challenge of change.
This programme is designed for parliamentary administrators interested in benchmarking against parliamentary procedure in the UK Parliament. It will deliver a valuable insight into the latest thinking at Westminster on how to meet and manage the many demands from the users who depend on the facilities they provide.
While maintaining the highest standards in delivering the everyday services Members demand, administrators must also respond to pressures including technological change, an increasingly vocal electorate and media, and the constant requirement to be more cost efficient.
Attending this ten day course offers participants the opportunity to meet face to face with people who have dealt with these challenges head on. They will visit the two Houses of the Westminster Parliament and see them in session (including Committees at work where the schedule allows). There will also be a visit to the Supreme Court, the highest court in the British judicial system.
On completion, you will be able to:
- Gain insights into the administrative and financial structure behind the operation of one of the world’s busiest parliaments
- Examine Westminster’s adoption of digital technology
- Learn from the procedures governing the management of a major change programme
- Understand how staff structures, recruitment and career development is approached
- The administrative structures of the two Houses of Parliament and their interface with Government
- Recruitment and the training system for reporting the proceedings
- The work of the Table Office and of Select Committees
- The televising of the proceedings and media relations
- The future of printing and document distribution
- Change management, staffing, and the organisation of work
- Outreach programmes for an increasingly sceptical electorate
- An expert tour of the Palace of Westminster and a visit to the Supreme Court
All courses will be conducted entirely in English. A proficient level of both spoken and written English is required by all delegates so that they are able to fully benefit from the course and participate in our interactive style of training.