In the public sector, all your public communications need to be clear, concise, accessible and user-focused. This highly practical course will give you the skills and confidence to write successfully in plain English.
Plain English means writing so that your intended audience can they understand it the first time they read. In Ireland, the new Programme for Government includes a section on plain language for all public service communications. It notes the benefits of plain English: ‘People can understand information the first time they read or hear it. Using plain language saves time and money and reduces mistakes and complaints’.
This course will help you and your teams to get ready for the new plain language regulations. It will show you how to create new communications in plain English and how to adapt existing publications that you’re updating. It will use some of your in-house materials, such as reports, web content, letters and guides.
This Plain English for the public sector course will help you to prepare for the plain language legislation set out in the new Programme for Government. It’s for anyone who is involved in writing for the general public or for other public sector agencies. It will be of interest to experienced writers who would like a refresher or who are new to the area of plain English. It’s also for new writers and editors who want to understand the principles and practice of plain language in the public sector.
Want a refresher on punctuation? Or a quick guide to plain English? What about tips on writing for your website? Or useful phrases for minutes? Our fact-sheets are full of information that will help you to write clear, correct English.