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Audit and Governance Training Courses including Corporate Governance, Risk Management, Internal Control Systems, Internal Audit and Audit Committees are outlined below along with details of the CIPFA Accredited Certificate in Audit Skills.
The aim of the Certificate in Audit Skills (CAS) is to develop the skills and knowledge of public sector internal auditors in order to carry out effective audits and make a greater contribution to the governance of their organisations. The Certificate is an issues-based course focused on skills enhancement to meet the ever-changing needs of the auditor in delivering an added value and quality service. The programme examines in detail, and in a very practical manner, the key areas of the work of an internal auditor.
Boards of Public & State Bodies have a duty to ensure that their organisations are compliant with all relevant statutory obligations. Their role in this regard involves a) an understanding of what the statutory obligations are and b) seeking and securing assurance on the adequacy of the mechanisms in place to secure compliance with them.
This half-day workshop provides an overview of the main statutory requirements for public bodies and will draw on the Institute’s experience in advising and facilitating Boards, Board Members and Executives.
The updated revised Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies applies from 1 September 2016. This is the key guidance document on the corporate governance expectations of State Bodies and other organisations operating to state body and public sector norms. The Code updates and expands on the previous code with additional guidance on several areas.
State Bodies were given two options in relation to adoption of the provisions of the Code. For those organisations who chose to adopt for the 2017 year-end, this session provides State Bodies with an ideal opportunity to revisit the key provisions of the Code.
Whistleblowing and the Protected Disclosures Act 2014 is a half day workshop that will look at the legislation and guidance in the area of protected disclosures (i.e. the Protected Disclosures Act 2014 and the Guidance issued in March 2016 by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform). There will be a focus on the procedures that are required to properly comply with the Act. The role and responsibilities of the recipient of protected disclosures will also be addressed.
Oversight of State Bodies: Oversight Agreements, Performance Delivery Agreements and Key Performance Indicators
The half-day course aims to provide concrete guidance to assist staff of both parent Departments and State Bodies in the development of formal Oversight Agreements and Performance Delivery Agreements, with a strong emphasis on performance, including KPIs and monitoring. This course follows a strong practical approach, with class exercises and live samples used throughout the session to facilitate the transfer of operational know-how and of relevant lessons learned across the public sector system.
The Introduction to Internal Audit is a four-day programme, delivered over two modules. The course explores the role of the Internal Auditor, the audit process and the relationship of the internal auditor with management, the audit committee and external audit. The course is very participative with a high emphasis on the theoretical and practical aspects of auditing.
Public bodies and many other organisations in receipt of public support must insure that their corporate governance frameworks are of a best practice standard and that they are in compliance with specified corporate governance codes. This course will give insights into the principles on which codes are based, provide an overview of the key issues for the different stakeholders and discuss the implications of how governance practices can be assessed.
This one-day Board Secretary workshop, delivered in conjunction with ICSA: The Governance Institute, is designed for those who have been newly or recently appointed to the position of Board Secretary in the public and not-for-profit sectors, and those who feel they would benefit from further or formal training. The workshop will examine the role and responsibilities of the Secretary, both as prescribed, and in practice. It will also look at good practices which a Secretary can introduce and foster to support good governance within their organisation.
Managing Relations with Charities - Regulation, Funding and Oversight is a one-day course that is designed for public sector employees who have direct responsibilities in managing relationships between their Department or Public Sector Agencies and Charities entrusted with the delivery of specific services. It equally caters for both Board Member/Trustee and staff of Charities in receipt of public funds and those who feel they would benefit from further or formal training. The course will examine current regulation and best practices in terms of reporting and oversight relationship between funders and charities as well as financial reporting, in particular with respect to SORP requirements.
Effective management of risk is now recognised as a critical element of good governance and assurance arrangements in public service organisations and state agencies. Handling uncertainties and agreeing priorities has implications for strategic and business planning objectives, the relationship with stakeholders and also the resourcing, management and control of work programmes and activities. Utilising the ISO risk management standard and building on our practical experience with client organisations, this one-day focussed event will give attendees a comprehensive introduction to this important governance and management process.
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