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Training for MPs' staff (2018)

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• A list of all training courses for Members’ staff delivered by the House of Commons since the beginning of calendar year 2015 to July 31, 2018.

• A breakdown of the number of session delivered in each course and by year since the beginning of calendar year 2015 to July 31, 2018.

• If held, attendance numbers for each session offered since the beginning of calendar year 2015 to July 31, 2018.

 

Response

Please note that Members of Parliament employ their own staff directly and are responsible for all aspects of their employment, including training.  To support the work of Members and their staff, the House of Commons offers a range of optional development opportunities including training sessions, briefings and advice sessions, in a range of formats and on a wide variety of subjects.  A number of different teams across the House of Commons may be involved in this work.  Members may also arrange training from other organisations or training bodies, but the House of Commons does not hold a record of this.  For the purpose of your request we have tried to identify the formal training sessions offered to Members’ staff but, because we do not employ these staff and are therefore not required to hold comprehensive training records, this information may not be complete.

• A list of all training courses for Members’ staff delivered by the House of Commons since the beginning of calendar year 2015 to July 31, 2018.
and
• A breakdown of the number of sessions delivered in each course and by year since the beginning of calendar year 2015 to July 31, 2018.
and
• If held, attendance numbers for each session offered since the beginning of calendar year 2015 to July 31, 2018.

The information held by the House of Commons is provided below.

Online learning

The House of Commons offers a range of training sessions – both classroom-based and e-learning, which may be booked on our electronic learning management system. 
Training courses for Members’ staff from 1 January 2015 to 20 July 2018, along with the number of sessions and attendees.

Training offered by the House of Commons Library

A full list of training courses delivered or organised by the House of Commons Library from 1 January 2015 to 31 July 2018, that were open to MPs’ staff and were attended by at least one MPs’ staff member.
Most of the courses are delivered by Library staff; some are delivered by third party trainers as part of our subscription with them.

Please also note the following points:
• Most training courses are offered to staff of both Houses as well as to MPs’ staff, however, only those courses that our records show were attended by a member of MPs’ staff are listed. Where held, the number MPs’ staff who attended each course is given. Where attendees were not recorded but at least one member of MPs’ staff booked a place in advance, this is also listed.
• Some courses have not been offered for the entire period. In addition, details for the Introduction to the Library course are only held from April 2016 due to a change in the way this course was recorded that took place at that time. Finally, some Navigate sessions are not pre-booked and take place at the enquiry points on demand; therefore some of these may not have been recorded.

Training offered by the House of Commons Chamber and Committees Team

Procedural training sessions for MPs’ staff are offered by the Chamber and Committees team. These are booked through the Table Office and comprise an hour-long classroom training session on drafting Parliamentary Questions, the rules of order for questions, how to work with the Table Office and avoiding common pitfalls. Individually tailored one-to-one sessions may also be requested and these are not always booked in advance or recorded. Information has historically been recorded in summary form only as a key performance measure; however, additional details are provided here where they are held:

Classroom sessions
These sessions were attended by a total of 140 members of MPs’ staff between May 2015 and May 2016 (2015-16 parliamentary session) and by 73 in session 2016-17. [35 between May and August 2016; further sessions were held on 4 November 2016 (13 attended), 20 January 2017 (9 attended), 24 February 2017 (9 attended) and 24 March 2017 (7 attended)]. In the current session, 71 members of MPs’ staff have so far  attended.

One-to-one sessions
25 attended one-to one sessions in 2015-16; 16 attended one-to-one sessions in session 2016-17.
In the current session, numbers of sessions and attendees.