Free e-learning on GCSx for all councils

govconnect-logoGovernment Connect is a pan-government programme providing an accredited and secure network between central government and every local authority in England and Wales.  The network is known as GCSx (Government Connect Secure Extranet). 

Whilst it is not mandatory for Local Authorities to engage with the Government Connect programme GCSx is the preferred common secure method for electronic transfer of data between DWP, DCSF and local authorities.

From April 2009 the three departments will begin phasing out internet and postal based solutions, so creating a major training requirement in local authorities.

We have been chosen by Government Connect as the channel for distributing the approved e-learning on the subject.  This comprehensive e-learning was originally created by Plymouth CC and repurposed by Essex Online Partnership.  It is now available, for free, to anyone who’s email address ends in to access and is ideal to train lots of people with consistent messages in a short period of time.

Visit for access to free Government Connect e-learning.

Simon Fisher, Government Connect, says ” Users wanting to utilise the secure GCSx network must undergo training as specified by the code of connection.  It’s essential that this training addresses the fundamental change in culture required within local government in a clear, concise and coordinated manner.  A centrally hosted e learning tool, designed and updated by local authorities will be greatly appreciated by most councils nationally.”

Read the GCSx white paper from our recent Government Connect training event in Bristol which details how Plymouth created the course using the Learning Pool authoring tool and, at a cost of £3 per head, rolled it out to over 1,000 learners so far.  Also included is another case study from Blaenau Gwent CBC, together with the questions and answers from the panel session at the event in March.


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