We are pleased to announce that Paul Gibbons, aka FOI Man, is doing two workshops for us on “Practical FOI: How to Make FOI Work in Your Organisation”. Paul is a very experienced FOI Officer currently working in the university sector. Before that he spent many years as a records manager in both the private and public sectors.Paul runs the very popular FOI Man Blog and tweets as @FoIManUK.
This is what he says about his new Practical FOI Course for Act Now Training:
“One or two of you may have noticed that I’m branching out. Act Now Training have kindly asked me to develop and run a training course on Practical FOI.
Now I know there are lots of training courses on FOI out there, so what’s special about this course?
Well, as the name suggests, this isn’t about complicated legal arguments on the application of exemptions. This is about what you actually need to do if you’re an FOI Officer – especially if you’re new to the job.
You can find other courses that will cover one aspect of being an FOI Officer, but Practical FOI goes over the basics of everything that you’ll need to do.
We’ll be looking at ways to raise awareness amongst colleagues. Discussing the best methods for logging FOI requests. Picking out what you really need to do to improve your organisation’s records management.
We’ll talk about how to deal with colleagues who don’t want to answer FOI requests. And what procedures you need in place to manage complaints.
I look forward to helping you work out how to make FOI work in practice.”