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Mandatory Training


Government Statistician Group Induction

1 day, non residential courseinduction-training1

When: 0 – 3 months in post

Audience: Statistical Officers and Statistical Data Scientists

Venues: Leeds, London and Newport

Cost: £100

This is a one-day course for Statistical Officers and Data Scientists who have been recruited into the Government Statistician Group (GSG) – the statistical profession.  The aim of the course is to introduce you to statistics and data science across government and for you to hear first hand about some of the great work that is going on.  A key objective for the day is for you to meet other members of the statistics profession, learn about what they do, and enable you to develop a network of colleagues that will benefit you and your career.

The course covers the following broad topic areas:

  • The Government Statistical Service – its structure and independence;
  • The Code of Practice for Statistics and the Strategy for UK Statistics;
  • The use of statistics and data science across government;
  • Working with Policy and
  • Career management and development.

There is no pre-course reading, but you should come along prepared to discuss what you do in your job.


Government Statistician Group Foundation Course

2 day, non-residential course

When: 6-12 months in post

Audience: Assistant Statisticians, Statistical Officers and Data Scientists

Venues: Leeds, London and Newport

Cost: £300

 

This is a two day course, following on from the GSG Induction Course and intended for Assistant Statisticians, Statistical Officers and Data Scientists recruited to the Government Statistician Group – the statistical profession.

The Foundation course explores the key principles used in all aspects of the production and dissemination of official statistics, linking decisions about processes to statistical outcomes with quality characteristics.  Topics are introduced with some presentations, but learning is mainly driven through activities, case studies and discussions that draw on participants’ own experiences, knowledge and views.

The course covers the following broad topic areas:

  • The UNECE Generic Statistical Business Process Model – we use this as a broad framework for thinking about the different activities statisticians in government undertake in their day to day work and how they fit together;
  • Statistical quality –  what it means and how we measure it;
  • Assessing and meeting user needs;
  • Data sources;
  • Concepts and harmonisation;
  • Ethics and disclosure control;
  • Quality assurance;
  • Estimating from data;
  • Models, modelling and machine learning;
  • Time series;
  • Index numbers and index measures;
  • Writing about statistics and quality;
  • Innovation in reporting statistics;
  • The role of the professional statistician.

Career Checkpoint Course

career-ladder-2-slideshowWhen: 18 months in post

Venue: Leeds, London and Newport

Cost: £75

Course Overview
Discussion: career checkpoint; identifying learning gaps and challenges; Continuing Professional Development; applying for posts (guidance); mentoring; building networks.


Statistical Fast Stream Induction 

Fast Stream

Induction training for the Assistant Statistician Fast Stream is run by Civil Service Resourcing. The course aims to set the scene for newly recruited Fast Streamers and to establish their role within the Civil Service. The course is run with others from a number of other disciplines/professions and therefore provides an excellent opportunity for Statistical Fast Streamers to network across the professions. It provides exposure to some of our esteemed Senior Civil Servants and provides an opportunity to hear their vision for the Civil Service.

The course is a three-day residential that runs twice a year in September and October in London. By the end of the course, participants will have a clearer understanding of:

  • The Civil Service, the Civil Service Code, the structure;
  • How to make the right impact and impression;
  • Statistical Code of Practice and UK Strategy; and
  • How to manage one’s career.