The National School of Government (NSG) provided a wide range of training courses for civil servants, including senior civil servants. Their bias was often towards longer residential courses, which is now out of step with best practice in training and constraints on departmental budgets.
Civil Service Learning (CSL) is not a replacement for NSG. It was established prior to NSG's closure and provided courses that contributed towards the new common curriculum for the Civil Service. The curriculum includes a suite of programmes for senior civil servants to address their current and future needs. While some of the content of these programmes is new and the style of delivery is different, with a greater choice and variety of learning solutions, the relevant learning needs of senior civil servants continue to be met.
CSL will continue the provision of professional development opportunities for Ministers in support of their departmental roles, and to enable them better to perform their ministerial duties in line with the Ministerial Code. This provision mirrors what was available previously through the NSG.