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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.
The Board Members of a public body must ensure that there is not only robust financial reporting processes in the organisation which they govern, but also that there is a sound system of internal control in place in the organisation. While all Board Members are unlikely to be financial experts, they are collectively accountable for the statutory accounts and meeting other relevant reporting and disclosure requirements. The Public Body Financial Governance for Senior Managers workshop will assist Board Members and other Senior Executives to understand the key concepts and issues which arise in the review of the financial reports and systems in a public interest body.
The expectations and obligations on audit committees continue to evolve in response to governance developments and the need for Boards and governing bodies to demonstrate that they are adhering to relevant audit, assurance and risk management requirements. The Audit committee charter will set out the duties of the Audit Committee in areas such as internal control, internal audit, external audit, financial reporting, risk management, reporting relationships within the organisation and its interaction with other committees. This highly interactive half day event will be of benefit to new audit committee members and those who wish to benchmark how their audit committee is functioning.
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.
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.
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 half-day course aims to provide concrete guidance to assist staff of Departments, State Bodies, Local Authorities and also Not-For-Profit organisations and Charities involved in the delivery of public services, in understanding the key challenges of embedding an appropriate culture and behaviour into the operation of their organisation.
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.
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.
Oversight of State Bodies: Oversight Agreements, Performance Delivery Agreements and Key Performance Indicators
The one-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.
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