IWA Professional Training: Decision Making in Wales


February 8 - 09:30 am


February 9 - 02:00 pm

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Institute of Welsh Affairs (IWA)

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The two IWA Professional Training courses (Decision Making in Wales and Influencing Political Outcomes) are designed by the IWA.

Please note that this is a two-day course delivered via Zoom. The full agenda and timings for both days is below.

The two IWA Professional Training courses (Decision Making in Wales and Influencing Political Outcomes) are designed by the IWA, and led by Will Henson, our Policy & External Affairs Manager.

Will has seven years of policy and research experience across the areas of higher education, homelessness and education.

Decision Making in Wales will:

– Give learners a good understanding of how Government and politics works in Wales.

– Provide an overview of the roles of the Senedd and Welsh Government, and how decisions are made.

– Discuss the make-up of the newly elected Senedd.

Learning outcomes 

When finishing this course, you will feel confident in your understanding of:

  • The roles of Ministers and MSs
  • How the Senedd and the Cabinet work
  • The differences between the political parties
  • The development of devolution
  • The relationship between Wales and Westminster and the effect of Brexit
  • How public finance works in Wales

Who is this course for? 

This course is for people who want a good overview of the structures of decision making in Wales, and the forces that influence them.


Day One – 8 February 2022

09.30 Welcome and introductions

09.45 Introduction to the Senedd

10.45 Break (turn off cameras and mics)

11.00 Introduction to Welsh Government

12.00 Group exercise

12.30 Lunch (turn off cameras and mics)

13.15 Pre-discussion for First Minister’s Questions

13.30 First Minister’s Questions via Senedd TV

14.00 Discussion about FMQs & summary of the day

14.30 Finish

Day Two – 9 February 2022

09.30 Welcome back and quick recap from day one

10.00 Q&A with Delyth Jewell MS

10.45 Break (turn off cameras and mics)

11.00 Relationships, Power and Change

12.00 Lunch (turn off cameras and mics)

12.30 Political Parties in Wales

13.30 Group exercise

14.00 Summary

14.15 Finish

Additional Information

This course will be followed by an advanced lobbying course, Influencing Political Outcomes. Previous participants have recommended taking both courses for maximum insight.

IWA membership

Please note IWA members receive advance notice of all IWA events and early bird prices for training. You can join the IWA from just £3 a month.


“The course met my expectations and exceeded them! It was much more in depth than than I was expecting, which was really helpful”

“I thought it was excellent – the trainer, was superb!” 

“There was a wealth of information on offer and the instructor was clearly very knowledgeable about the subject”  

100% of delegates on the May 2021 Decision Making in Wales course rated it ‘very good’ or ‘excellent’. 

For more information on the course contents go to: https://youtu.be/vQ_0Kdh403I